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Yes, sharp-eyed viewers did see former governor and former U.S. Rep. Jim Guy Tucker on the floor of the U.S. House during the historic vote Sunday on health care reform. Tucker, who has floor privileges as a former congressman (1977-78), was in Washington for a family wedding and while talking to a friend who works for U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder about the coming vote decided to go over with Snyder for the debate. Would he have voted for the legislation? “I think I would have,” Tucker said. “It appears to be something that needed to be done. It is clearly going to help a lot of people.” He said some fears about complications may be realized, “but I think they can be dealt with in a reasonable way. I’m disappointed it couldn’t have been a more cooperative effort.” No Republicans supported the legislation. Tucker, 66, said he found five people on the floor Sunday who were in Congress when he entered, all now committee chairmen. He commented that he was impressed by the quality of Democratic candidates seeking his former seat in Congress to succeed the retiring Snyder.

Gardeners alert

Yes, that’s a For Sale sign on the property that contains Hocott’s Garden Center, a 71-year presence in Hillcrest. A Hocott’s employee explains. The business has been owned since 1978 by James Mauney, who leases the land from the founding Hocott family. Mauney’s lease expires in 2013. The Hocott heirs apparently have begun thinking sale of the land might be the best course for future generations of the family. The business occupies 1.24 acres. The asking price: $1.3 million. It’s unknown at this point whether a new lease, perhaps for a smaller portion of the property, is a possibility to continue the enterprise, a frequent winner in our Best of Arkansas contest category for garden centers.

Did he really retire?

Recent news reports have focused on some top state employees who “retired” and then returned to their jobs after a short period in order to collect, as the law allowed, retirement benefits along with their paychecks. Some of them continued to receive perks from the state during the time off. A reader drew our attention to one of them, Randy Young, director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Young continued to use his vehicle, cell phone, computer and office while on leave and retained administrative authority during his retirement period. Continued on page 9

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n An Arkansas State University committee last week recommended a round of tuition and fee increases to make up for budget shortfalls. If approved, tuition will rise 4 percent, or about $90 per semester for a student taking 15 hours. The athletic fee will rise $45 per semester for students taking 15 hours. A capital improvement fee will also rise $45 per semester. The cost of a math or science course will rise $52.50 for a three-hour course. Add it all up and a student with 15 hours a semester and one science course could be looking at $465 a year. That’s more than 9 percent of the new $5,000 lottery scholarships eaten up by cost increases. Not all students qualify for the lottery scholarships, of course.

n Retired University of Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles will speak at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at noon March 30 on the history of black Razorback athletes. Former Hog tackle Brison Manor also will speak and former Hog Muskie Harris is helping arrange the program, which will recognize 40 years of integration of Razorback sports teams. BACK IN THE DAY: Frank The event had been sched- Broyles, in coaching days. uled earlier, but cancelled by snow. It drew criticism at the time from former Judge Wendell Griffen for announcements saying Broyles would be honored for his role in desegregating UA athletics. Griffen argued that Arkansas and Broyles were holdouts against desegregation. Should be an interesting program.

Playing the foreigner card n Telephone pollsters last week hit likely Republican voters with questions about Rep. John Boozman and Sen. Gilbert Baker, two of the leading candidates in the crowded race for U.S. Senate. Those who received the calls guess that the Boozman campaign was behind the calls because questions emphasized the positives about Boozman and negatives about Baker. But one question caught our atten-

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tion: The pollster wanted to know if respondents knew that Baker was born in LOUISIANA! As one of our blog readers suggested, the question could have been improved only by asking if respondents knew Baker was a drum-playing band weenie while Boozman was wearing a Razorback football uniform for the legendary Frank Broyles. Silly season. It was funny, too, that the pollster kept mispronouncing Boozman’s name. If they’d hired somebody from Louisiana and spelled the name Beauxzman on the call script, it would have been done right.

8 Going batty

More and more Arkansas caves are being put off limits to explorers to prevent spread of a fungus that threatens many bat populations. — By Leslie Newell Peacock

10 Emptying

Arkansas’s attic

The remaking of the Museum Discovery means the disposition of a trove of relics — shrunken heads anyone? — assembled over the years by earlier versions of the museum. — By Leslie Newell Peacock

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Words n People who live in Little Rock, Arkansas, know that the question “What do you call somebody from ____?” can be difficult. “Arkansan” is the (more or less) official term for someone from The Natural State, though occasionally one hears “Arkansawyer.” There is no official term for a resident of Little Rock, but the Arkansas Times uses “Little Rocker,” and when the Times talks, people listen. Bryan A. Garner devotes several pages to these “denizen labels” in his “Modern American Usage.” Some are surprising. I’d never thought of someone from Albany, N.Y., being called an “Albanian.” On the other hand, I’d always believed that someone from Michigan was a “Michigander.” Many prefer this term, Garner says, but “Michiganian” is official. If you hail from Independence, Mo., you’re an 4 march 25, 2010 • Arkansas Times

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“Independent,” regardless of your politics. Someone from Cambridge — Massachusetts or England — is a “Cantabrigian.” But a person from Birmingham, England, is a “Brummie,” and I doubt that works in Alabama. n “The idea eventually became a reality in 1992 in the form of Oxford American, which boldly asserted itself as the ‘Southern magazine of good writing.’ It didn’t arrive quietly but instead was a noisome volume that demanded attention.” Ernst Schrader of Eureka Springs sug-

gests this is a bad way to get attention. Noisome means “offensive or disgusting, as an odor.” n Reports on U.S. Rep. John (Congo Jack) Boozman’s adventures in Africa made me wonder if he’d ever bagged a cameleopard. That’s an old name for a giraffe, or so I thought, derived, I also thought, from the notion that a giraffe resembles a camel in some respects, a leopard in others. But while researching the congressman’s record with cameleopards, I made a startling discovery: The creature’s name contains no “leopard,” just as team contains no “I.” The actual spelling is camelopard, and it’s not pronounced camel-leopard but ka-MEL-a-pard. I still think the name has something to do with camels and leopards, but the Random House is silent on this point.

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out of the office much, so we seized upon the opportunity bright and early on Monday morning to stroll across the street to see MSNBC anchor and former Air America radio host Rachel Maddow make an appearance at the Statehouse Convention Center as part of the Clinton School’s speaker series. The crowd, which most estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 people, arrived in droves for the unusually early 9 a.m. session. Before introducing Maddow, the dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, Skip Rutherford, mentioned that just a few hours before, historic health care reform legislation had passed the House of Representatives. Before Rutherford could even finish his sentence, the entire crowd stood up, cheering and whistling in applause. The Observer hid in the back and goose bumps dotted our skin as we watched so many express such joy at the mere mention of the health bill’s passage. The ovation made an impression on Maddow, who mentioned it on her show that night. She did the show from a Little Rock studio. During a question and answer session, the bespectacled cable news host talked about her high school experience, her early career in AIDS activism and her transition into the media world. She was, as you might expect from watching her show, thoughtful, sharp and funny. She had the audience in stitches on more than one occasion — like when she told the audience she was a hobbyist bartender. “Which means I think of myself as a semi-pro drinker,” she added. Speaking of Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Maddow said, “It’s one thing to be a conservative Democrat. It’s another thing to act like you don’t want to be a Democrat at all.” The audience erupted once again.

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hadn’t cut our hair in nine years. That’s right. Nine. We don’t know why we started growing it out, other than the fact that we never really liked the drudgework of getting a haircut. We still — to this day — get them as rarely as possible, and when we do we purposefully get it cut short so it’ll be a loooong time between shearings. But, as we were saying, up until the moment we got it cut so as to look presentable for our Big Boy Job Interview, it had been nearly a decade since scissors last touched our locks. By then, our hair had become positively Biblical — Samsonesque; thick, deep; the rich auburn of our youth, which has since given over to sprigs of gray. When we braided it periodically while feeling in a particularly biker-esque mood, the resulting braid was as wide as three fingers at the top and 26 inches long. You don’t even want to know what sticky horrors lurked in our tub drain, which Spouse would eventually have to fish out with a semi-straightened clothes hanger when it got clogged. With grad school over, and long tresses on a dude long since out of fashion, the call for an interview with the Times was the excuse we needed to lose our long, beautiful hair. Two days before our date with destiny, we headed to the mall to get it cut — we thought of going to a barber shop, but feared our mane had gotten long enough to get us mocked by the old-timers who frequent those establishments — so as better to match our too-small suit coat and too-short tie, which had previously been donned only for weddings and funerals. At the salon, a flouncy little man in designer jeans cooed over The Observer’s hair and stroked it, fanned it out and ran a brush through it, marveled that he hadn’t seen hair like that in years, untouched by the torture most females of the species subject tresses to: hot irons, product and color. When the hair-stylist-not-barber put it into a ponytail and put his scissors to the two-inch thick bundle it made, The Observer saw him in the mirror when he looked away, then started to cut. The Observer swears he was much more hurt by the surgery than we were.

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The state and HannahGrace The Division of Child and Family Services is a mess. Children seem to be dying in the system but no one cares. Nothing has changed. Far too frequently a child dies and we hear promises that DCFS is going to be overhauled. Yet, nothing changes. The state of Arkansas is still 30 years behind the rest of the country. Is this because the children are poor or disadvantaged? Is it because their parents are powerless once in the system? Is it because a few people at DCFS make the decisions about children and the rest of the staff makes excuses? One wonders what it will take if not a child burned in a truck right before Christmas to get people’s attention. Did HannahGrace die in vain? In the article “Gone,” David Koon wrote that the Carr family said they had come to understand just how much dominion a caseworker holds over the fate of a child in foster care. “The judge makes the decision. But in our case, whatever DHS told him, that’s what he went with.” I have experienced the same autonomous, arbitrary decisions by caseworkers and judges. The assumption is that the caseworkers, their supervisors and superiors are qualified and knowledgeable. But

this has proved to be untrue. The state seems uninterested in improving services to children or families. It seems that the only thing anyone is interested in is keeping their jobs and doing their job as they want. They are uninterested in the best interest of the child. Employees of DCFS will make lip service to the concept but they do not have enough training to understand what meets that standard. The Carrs repeatedly tried to get the caseworker to question HannahGrace’s father and his fitness. But the DCFS social worker made a decision that cost HannahGrace her life. How many children must die before the leaders of this state take action? Jackie Adcock Little rock

War Memorial wars In my discourse with City Director Stacy Hurst I vented my feelings and she vented hers (The Insider, March 4). I did say I did not want to fight with her and that I refused to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. We did resolve our conversation in a pleasant manner. We agreed to disagree concerning historic War Memorial Golf Course. Apparently, as uncovered by your staff, Mrs. Hurst mentioned it to Mayor Stodola. It was with great surprise and some alarm that I found myself talking with a Little Rock police detective. That conversation resolved nicely as I had no

intent whatsoever of intimidation towards Mrs. Hurst. Still, I had been subjected to government-sanctioned intimidation. Who amongst us has had a police officer to call us with the phrase “she’s not going to press charges but…. ” Since this incident I have come to learn of at least two city employees who were basically told to not comment on the current plans for War Memorial Golf course. They were told this in such a manner as to lead them to believe their jobs were at risk should they comment. This is totally unacceptable behavior on the part of government officials. This whole episode has revealed a most unsavory pattern of behavior on the part of city officials. It would behoove the City Board of Directors to consider appropriate action towards those city persons who have initiated the intimidation. When private citizens, albeit employees, and non-employees are subjected to intimidation by those in authority then that authority is absolutely wrong. We cannot allow ourselves to be intimidated by government. I say plainly: Throw (or vote) the rascals out! Steve Gibson Little Rock

Choosing sides The Feb. 19 Democrat-Gazette ran a story about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius objecting

to a half-dozen rate increases on people who buy their policies individually from the insurer. In California, Anthem Blue Cross was ready to raise their rates by 39 percent. In Maine, they were asking for a 23 percent raise. The Democrat-Gazette headlined the article with “Insurers draw Obama team flak.” Whose side is our daily paper on — ours or Blue Cross? Jerry Shell Leslie

The health debate Our health care system is in crisis now. A trigger could unnecessarily delay a public health insurance option for years — or kill it entirely by delaying it indefinitely. Thousands of families in our state lack insurance coverage and they can’t afford to wait for the increased competition and lower costs a public option would deliver. How many people must already fight to have their insurance companies pay for health care expenses that clearly should be covered? Insurance companies are masters at gaming the system — we’ve all seen how they avoid paying out claims and covering people who are sick. If they know what criteria would trigger the creation of a public option, they’ll do just enough to avoid the trigger, without changing the way they do business. Brandy Flowers Little Rock

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The WEEK THAT was March 17-23, 2010

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The UALR TROJANS. The women’s basketball team thoroughly beat Georgia Tech in an opening round game in the NCAA tournament. U.S. REP. VIC SNYDER: He’ll leave office with his head high, the only House member from Arkansas to vote for historic health care reform. ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE. With the aid of federal tax credits, the predominantly black school in Little Rock announced an $18 million building program. It was a bad week for …

GOV. MIKE BEEBE, U.S. REP. MIKE ROSS and U.S. REP. MARION BERRY. The first two have only token election opposition. Berry is a lame duck. Yet in one of the country’s neediest states they expressed opposition to health care reform that will broaden coverage for at least 500,000 Arkansans. U.S. SEN. BLANCHE LINCOLN. She was for health care reform before she came out fervently against the House reconciliation legislation that was a key part of the compromise to get the historic measure passed. Her excuse: She objected to the end of a sweetheart deal for big banks in student lending. Oh. STATE REPS. MIKE BURRIS, RANDY STEWART and JOHN PAUL WELLS. The DemocratGazette caught them failing to disclose lobbyist-financed junkets to Alaska, Idaho and Wyoming. The ABUNDANT LIFE SCHOOL in Sherwood. The Baptist Churchsponsored private school put its high school principal, Tim Ballard, on leave with pay while he faces a charge of sexual assault of a former student. A police report said school officials told them multiple complaints about Ballard had been made over an 11-year period. ALSO: BROWNIE LEDBETTER, 77, died Sunday at her Little Rock home. If the fight was for racial or economic justice, women’s rights, the environment, education or Democratic politics, this tireless activist was in it, if, indeed, she was not the founder of a group organized for the battle. 8 march 25, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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Closing caves, sparing bats Public agencies hope to slow devastation of white-nose syndrome. By Leslie Newell Peacock

n Bat health isn’t on everyone’s radar, but it should be, biologists say. Bats are the only night-time bug killer over our agricultural fields, and their feasting saves farmers billions of dollars they’d otherwise be spending on pesticides and losing in crop failure. They are crucial to rare cave life, their guano feeding microorganisms that feed invertebrates that feed the fish and salamanders and other creatures. But America’s bats are dying, the victims, either directly or indirectly, of what’s called white-nose syndrome, a fungal infection that has spread through bat populations from New York north to Vermont and south to Tennessee in just four years. Fungus-encrusted bats are waking up and flying out of their wintering caves too early to find sustenance and are starving. The situation is dire, with mortality near death: A fungus-encrusted bat. rates of nearly 100 peragainst contaminants picked up at other cent in infected caves. Scientists are parcaves. ticularly fearful that endangered species The state Game and Fish Commis— like Arkansas’s Ozark big-eared bat, sion voted last week to close caves on the Indiana bat and the gray bat — could its lands and natural areas it manages become extinct. for the state to the public. At Devil’s Humans can’t control bat migration, Den State Park, the Devil’s Den and but they can — on public lands, at least Devil’s Icebox are still open to visitors — control human movement. To stop the but Farmer’s Cave is shut and concerns spread of fungal spores on clothing and are growing about the Devil’s Den and shoes, federal and state agencies have Icebox, park naturalist Adam Leslie begun to close caves on their lands to all said. Visitors to the park are being asked but biologists, and even the scientists are if they’ve been to Tennessee or other being restricted. fungus-infected states, Leslie said; those Last year, the Eastern region of the numbers are low, fortunately. U.S. Forest Service ordered the closing of The Buffalo National River, which caves on NSF lands. Blanchard Springs is part of the National Park Service, has Caverns, a commercial cave operated by closed most of its caves to spelunkers, the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, with the exception of caves in Lost Valis still open for tours but spelunkers who ley from Eden Falls Cave to the parking explore the wilds of the cave may only area and those at Buffalo Point (but Bat use gear provided at Blanchard, to guard

Cave there is closed). It is also requiring special permits for all research activity in caves and mines. Park geologist Chuck Bitting said caves left open were those that get so much public traffic that it would be impractical to close them. The Park Service, like other federal agencies, has kept closed caves that contain colonies of endangered bats for many years. Bitting said 15 or 16 caves along the Buffalo have been closed either seasonally or year-round to protect populations of Ozark big-eared bats and Indiana bats. Now, about 350 caves will be closed. Bitting said he’s heard some griping about the cave closings. “People aren’t happy about it. I don’t blame them. I’m not real happy we had to do it. It’s a big recreation activity, for a small portion of the population.” He said only one or two cavers have “railed” about the closings, but that they’ve always been unhappy about closed caves. David Kampwerth, the cave and karst biologist in the Arkansas office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the closures have limited “quite a bit of caving activity” in Arkansas and sent spelunkers to caves on private lands. One of the concerns of cave biologists is that cavers may not be decontaminating their gear as the move from cave to cave. The USFWS recommends that cavers wash all gear, apply disinfectants and wash again to remove the disinfectants. Kampwerth says cavers should be decontaminating their gear white nose or no, since microorganisms that are part of the ecosystem in one cave may cause disruption in another. Research has shown


that Geomyces fungi (white nose is caused by a new species, Geomyses destructans) can be transferred from one site to another on gear. It’s an inconvenience, he says — he may spend up to three hours decontaminating the multiple sets of gear he’ll use in a day of multiple cave visits — but something he’s done in his 30-plus years of caving. “I feel for people that have been closed out,” Kampwerth said. “But until we know a whole lot more it appears to be the right thing to do.” The National Speleological Association, and its Arkansas affiliates, urge their members to follow USFWS protocols in cleaning gear. While closing caves to public access may slow down the spread of the fungus, bat-to-bat infection is the ultimate threat. In February, Tennessee wildlife authorities reported that tri-colored bats — formerly known as Eastern pipistrelles — hibernating in a cave in Sullivan County in the eastern part of the state were infected. If Tennessee’s populations of gray bat, an endangered species known to range widely and whose range includes Arkansas, become infected, the fungus could spread to Arkansas within a couple of years. Most of Arkansas’s caves are on private lands, and biologists are hoping to get the word out to landowners of the dangers. Commercial cave owners are, predictably, hesitant to shut down their businesses, though their plans range widely. The owners of Cosmic Cavern in Berryville are partnering with a bat conservation outfit in Austin, Texas, to provide information to their visitors about the disease. (They say only six bats use their cave, so they have no plans to close or require visitors to decontaminate their shoes.) But Steve Rush, owner of Mystic and Crystal Dome caves in Harrison, said he plans to rid his caves of the bats so people can keep coming. He said he’ll screen off the gaps around the metal doors that are at the entrances to his caves in June, after the bats have left for the summer, and won’t let them back in. Rush, who says he gets between 14,000 and 15,000 visitors a year, is skeptical about whether the fungus is actually killing the bats and whether people are transferring the spores. “We don’t want the government interfering with our cave operation,” Rush said. Did he think that likely? “We’re about to have public health care even though nobody in this country wants it.” (On the “About Us” page on his Mystic Caverns website, Rush says he used to care more about making money than people, but Jesus changed his priorities. Now, he writes, he wants people to come to Jesus even if they don’t come to tour Mystic or Crystal Dome. Tours, apparently, outrank the bats.)

The INsIder Continued from page 3

The reader wondered: Did Young’s “administrative authority” include continuing to serve in his ex officio spot on the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. Five state agency heads serve by virtue of their office on the state’s environmental policymaking body. When Young was no longer head of Natural Resources, it would follow that he could no longer hold a seat on the Commission, our reader said. Good point and a potentially sticky one, had Young continued to take official

actions on the commission while “retired.” But, according to the Natural Resources Commission, Young “retired” from July 1, 2006, to August 1, 2006. During that time, no PC&E meetings were held, although one was scheduled for July 28, but did not take place. When asked if Young notified the PC&E commission of his retirement, the commission’s hearing officer, Michael O’Malley says he isn’t aware of a statute that requires it. “The statute simply says the director of the agency serves on the commission. It doesn’t go into detail about when or if we need to be notified if that is not the case,” O’Malley says.

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MOD brings down final curtain on Ripleyesque beginnings. By Leslie Newell Peacock

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hen the Arkansas Museum of Discovery announced in January that it would deaccession many of the 14,000 artifacts in its collection, a cry went up. Don’t give away our shrunken heads! It wasn’t a very loud cry, since the number of folks who remember the museum’s “Believe it or Not” days, as the Museum of Science and History in the Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park, are diminishing. But they are a loyal bunch, many of them still complaining about losing the mummy that was on loan for so many years when its Pennsylvania owner asked for it back. Gone with the mummy is the museum’s cabinet-of-curiosities character, thanks to successors to museum founder Bernie Babcock who got the museum accredited, improved its exhibits with grants and fund-raising, and launched the museum on its current science and technology mission. In 1998, the museum got a new name and a new locale, thanks to a public investment of $7.5 million, in the Museum Center at 500 President Clinton Ave. Cut glass and Kewpie dolls gave way to exhibits about hard science (though with a nod to social science, with its excellent Native American exhibit). Now, with a $9.2 million challenge grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the museum is getting a huge overhaul that will create a new entrance off Clinton and bring its new mission more sharply into focus with new exhibits on human health, earth science (like plate tectonics) and physical science (such as matter and the properties of light). The current museum will close sometime next year for the redo and reopen in 2012 as the Arkansas Museum of Discovery at the Donald W. Reynolds Science Center. It makes sense for the museum to give to other museums those things in its collection that no longer fit the mission, take up space, require curation — and might

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never again see the light of day. Those shrunken heads, though? They’re staying, and not because they are a technology of a sort (one still practiced, apparently, though not as enemy trophies). They are so closely identified with the original museum and founder Babcock that the Museum of Discovery won’t part with them. Babcock, born Julia Burnelle Smade in Ohio in 1868, was herself out of the ordinary. She was widowed after 11 years of marriage and five children and she set about to support her family by writing temperance tomes, historical novels (including “The Soul of Ann Rutledge”) and working at newspapers, including the Arkansas Democrat, where she briefly was society editor. In 1927, as an aside to her real work and in response to ridicule of Arkansas by Baltimore newspaperman H.L. Mencken, Babcock created the museum on Main Street. Sadly, a couple of the exhibits proudly touted in signs on the front of the museum — King Crowley, a stone head with copper eyes and gold earspools believed to be an ancient artifact, and the “head of a Chicago criminal” — are already gone, where nobody knows. Record-keeping at the museum was poor for decades, and today’s curatorial staff is in the dark about the provenance of much of the collection and the whereabouts of items once mentioned in the press as part of the museum’s holdings but which are no

REFLECTION OF CHANGE: Marci Robertson, curator, is finding new homes for items in the Museum of Discovery’s collection that no longer mesh with the mission, including this Scots mirror of carved ivory leaves and cherubs dating to 1780.


longer to be found. It falls to Marci Bynum Robertson, director of collections and research and one of Babcock’s biggest admirers, to find new homes for the pots and guns and glass and rocks and homespun and framed stuffed quail and mummified bread now on shelves, in drawers and propped up in a crowded storage room beneath the museum. The artifacts will go to facilities that meet American Association of Museums standards, to insure they’re properly cared for. None will be sold, since the AAM frowns on sales of artifacts for any reason except to make new purchases for a collection, and the museum, Robertson said, quit adding to the collection in the 1990s. The museum’s announcement that it would deaccession many of its artifacts — a decision actually made a couple of years ago — has brought other museums circling “like vultures over the carcass,” Robertson said, laughing. Some of them are embarrassed, she said, to be rubbing their hands in anticipation of adding to their own collections. Many MOD artifacts have already found a home elsewhere. The famed Bob Batty Glass Collection was given to the Arkansas Arts Center some years back, and was exhibited on the second floor of the Terry Mansion when it was the Decorative Arts Museum. Washington Historic State Park has been using the museum’s period furniture in one of its restored homes for some time. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History has MOD’s military artifacts, donated when the MOD left the arsenal behind, and will get more. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, which features exhibits on African Americans in Arkansas, has a barber chair and neon sign from a Ninth Street business and will get a barber’s apron and other items. A collection of photographs and scrapbooks of Little Rock’s old Parham School will most likely go to the Butler Center of Arkansas Studies, part of the Central Arkansas Library System. American Indian artifacts, including the Thibault collection from an important prehistoric site near the Little Rock airport, will go to the Arkansas Archeological Survey. The Historic Arkansas Museum has laid claim to a corner cabinet featured in “Arkansas Made” and director Bill Worthen is said to be lusting after the museum’s Arkansas Traveler painting by James M. Fortenbury; the zero-tolerant Babcock had a whiskey sign and a pipe that was in the woman’s mouth in the original painted out. The Old

State House may be the new home of the museum’s Camark and Niloak pottery. Robertson said the museum is trying to keep as many goodies as it can in Arkansas. But where, she wonders, is the right place for the coffin of Pasheshes, circa 600 B.C.? Robertson does know where the Kewpie dolls — and Kewpie lamps and Kewpie hatpins and Kewpie salt shakers and Kewpie everything else — are going. The Kewpie collection numbers more than 300 items and was a gift to the museum by Margaret Shull in 1972. They’re going “home,” as the elated members of the Bonniebrook Historical Society told Robertson, to the society’s Kewpie museum outside Branson. The museum is on the grounds of the home of illustrator Rose O’Neill, who created the Kewpie in 1909 and who lived well off the baby doll with a curl atop its head until it fell out of fashion in the 1930s. The Kewpie on the cover is about two feet tall and is believed to date to the 1950s.

The Friendship Doll Miss Kyoto-shi was one of 58 dolls given to museums across the United States in1927 by the Japanese in an effort to improve relations with the U.S., where tension over a growing Asian population prompted a law to disallow new Japanese immigrants. (Proponents of cultural exchange had sent nearly 13,000 “blue-eyed” dolls to Japan by American schoolchildren the year previous.) Miss Kyoto-shi came to the museum in 1953. In the 1970s, Japanese visitors, horrified by the condition of the doll’s kimono, donated an authentic child’s

FRIENDSHIP DOLL: A gift from the Japanese in 1927.

kimono to the museum after their return home. Many of the friendship dolls have gone missing, and some are held in private hands. Robertson doesn’t know where Miss Kyotoshi will go next; a doll museum is likely, but that means she’d leave Arkansas.

Pasheshes mummy case Children in the 2000s are no different from children in the 1950s: It’s all about the mummies, as a MOD staffer put it. When the plastic case was lifted off Pasheshes’ sarcophagus so a Times photographer could photograph it, schoolchildren visiting the MOD were drawn to the gallery like iron to a magnet. They asked if they could see the mummy inside. Pasheshes, however, isn’t in his box, which was donated in 1973 by an Arkansan from the southwestern part of the state. (His widow has yet another.) An expert hired by the museum to translate the hieroglyphics on the case reported that while Pasheshes was an aristocrat, he wasn’t royal: the glyphs contain typos. The bluepainted face on the case was damaged 20 years ago by burglars who broke into the old firehouse on the grounds of MacArthur Park, where it was stored, but the case is otherwise in pretty good condition. The current “Pharaohs” exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center notwithstanding, Arkansas doesn’t have a permanent home for Pasheshes, and this artifact will likely leave the state.

Mummified bread Museum intern Bradley Jordan, a master’s in public history candidate who is doing an inventory of the MOD’s collection, said the bread is one of those artifacts that, if it weren’t tagged and bagged, might be tossed as trash. The bread comes from an Egyptian tomb; nothing else is known about it. It looks like bits of old cork. Its destiny might be tied to Pasheshes’.

PASHESHES: His mummy case is one of the items whose destiny is still unknown.

Hospital table Some artifacts in the possession of Continued on page 12

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JOURNALS: A record of early 20th century life in Arkansas are found in these journals once in the Herron family.

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Continued from page 11 the MOD lend themselves to speculation. What, for example, was this cabinet, fitted with an electrical motor and various dials and vials, used for? A metal tag on the cabinet suggests a chilling, if perhaps not true, answer: It says “Bellevue,” as in Bellevue Hospital for mental patients in New York. The artifact does indeed come from New York, museum records show; it was donated by Ann Cherry in 1957. Whether it was used in electroshock therapy isn’t known to the museum. It will stay at the museum, which will have a new exhibit on human health.

Napoleon and Josephine These figurines were among gifts delivered to the United States on the Merci Train, 49 French boxcars that traveled to every state in 1949 to deliver tokens of appreciation from the French. The trains were a response to American post-war relief to France, sent in boxcars in 1948. The MOD also has old phonographs and letters from the Merci Train; other Merci Train artifacts known to be in Arkansas include a bust by Rodin, paintings and other pieces at the Arkansas Arts Center and one of the French boxcars, at the American Legion Post in Helena. Because the Merci Train items were a gift to the state, they may be offered to the Butler Center.

donated Herron’s journal and her son’s baby book to the museum is unknown, but there was a Dr. Ellis Doyle Herron who was a director from 1955 to 1966. The journal and Herron’s son’s baby book will most likely be offered to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.

Fans, fans and more fans Beatrice Prall was one of Little Rock’s first librarians, employed at the Carnegiefunded library at Louisiana and Sixth Street in 1920. She was also a collector of fans — paper fans, linen fans, silk fans — and she bequeathed them to the museum when she died in North Carolina in 1962. They seem right for the Butler Center, given that she worked at Little Rock’s first public library.

Avery-Ripley engraved vessel Dr. Kent Westbrook donated this Caddoan vessel, in a style that dates to 1200 A.D., in 1986. It will be offered to the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

The shrunken heads The museum’s three shrunken heads are part of its founding collection. They were created by the Shuar (known to us as the Jivaro) of Ecuador and feature sewn lips and eyelids and what looks like real hair. Two of the heads, Robertson believes, are actually monkey, but one is human. The Shuar are apparently still making shrunken heads for the tourist market; many from monkeys but researchers say headless bodies have been found in village cemeteries. They are a favorite with children. Because of their strong connection to the museum’s origins, they’ll stay.

The Shelly Lady Bernie Babcock is said to have believed that this carved rock was a petrified baby, and touted it as such. The Shelly Lady was first exhibited in the window of a business in Little Rock and an article in the Arkansas Gazette said it had been found in an Oklahoma creek and was made by Indians. The carved piece also looks like the work of Constantin Brancusi, though

THE SHELLY LADY: Bernie Babcock, an educated woman who sought to enrich the city with her museum, nevertheless believed this stone carving was a petrified infant. Or so tradition says. that’s as unlikely as the petrified baby theory. The Shelly Lady, a gift to the museum by J.D. Jordan in 1942, is a keeper.

Guerrero masks Two collectors donated the museum’s collection of 260 wooden ritual masks from Guerrero, Mexico, many made as tourist art in the 1950s. The museum will create a traveling exhibit using the masks, carved to represent various people and animals.

Journals belonging to Loree Banks Herron and son, Edwin Ross Herron Loree Banks was a freshman at the University of Arkansas in 1918 when she began pasting entries into her college scrapbook. Her tenure at Fayetteville didn’t last long — she was married at Christmas to William Shipp Herron — but she used the book as a scrapbook to document her life. Among the entries: A newspaper clipping with the headline “Ptomaine poisoning Halts Isele-McCabe Wedding Plans,” is followed by another clipping, “Girl Suffers Nervous Breakdown,” in which the bridegroom admitted he wasn’t poisoned but was having financial difficulties. Who 12 march 25, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE: These 2-inch-tall figurines of the French leader and his wife were a gift to Arkansas from the French, delivered on the Merci Train that traveled to every state. They are two of 14,000 artifacts, including hundreds like the small ones in this tray, that the museum is inventorying and considering for transfer to other museums.


SOME STAYING, SOME NOT: (Clockwise from top left) Beatrice Prall’s fans will go; the shrunken head (monkey or human?) will stay, as will the medical cabinet from Bellevue. The Kewpie collection is off to Missouri; the Avery/ Ripley engraved vessel will be offered to the Arkansas Archeological Society.

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Editorial n “The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Marion Berry’s vote was the strangest of all in the Arkansas congressional delegation. What was he afraid of? He’s not seeking re-election; he didn’t need to worry about the insurance companies and the Tea Baggers punishing him politically if he supported health-care reform. His weak excuse about the abortion provision of the bill collapsed when the leading pro-life Democrats, people with stronger anti-abortion records than Berry, and more anti-abortion constituents, accepted the abortion clause. (And when Berry’s colleague, Vic Snyder, provided documentation to the House that the language of the reform bill concerning abortion complies with the current federal law.) Still, Berry voted against the greatest advance in health care since Medicare, though he’s elected from a congressional district that needs this advance as much as any in the country. This will be the defining vote of Marion Berry’s congressional career. He chose to be remembered as deficient in compassion and courage. Weird. Snyder, who’s also not seeking re-election, has many bold votes on his record. His opposition to the invasion of Iraq, an incursion still squandering lives and treasure, comes immediately to mind. But he’ll be remembered also as the only Arkansan in the House to vote for health-care reform. He’ll give more good service to his district, his state and his country before his term ends in January. The realization that we’ll lose Vic Snyder and keep Mike Ross is almost too painful to bear. Like Berry, Ross represents a district whose residents desperately need better health care. Like Berry, he didn’t let that sway him. He said he was voting the way his constituents wanted. That may not be true – many people who think they’re against reform find otherwise when the details are explained to them. But in any case, government by public-opinion poll is a poor way to run a country. As President Obama told Congress, sometimes a legislator needs to do what’s right, even if it’s unpopular. That requires a legislator to think for himself. Ross can’t or won’t. The fourth Arkansan in the House, Rep. John Boozman, did what he always does – gave blind obedience to the Republican Party’s leadership. John Boehner casts John Boozman’s vote as surely as Antonin Scalia casts Clarence Thomas’. And Boehner’s not interested in what’s good for Arkansas. Or America, for that matter. Today’s Republicans support or oppose legislation solely on the basis of what they think will be good for the party in the next election. Patriotism runs a poor second to factionalism.

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ENTERS PLEA: Tim Ballard, who’s been suspended as principal of the Abundant Life high school in Sherwood, pleaded not guilty in Sherwood Municipal Court this week to sexually assaulting a former student. His case will go to circuit court. The case drew wide attention because officials of the school, sponsored by a Baptist church, told police they’d had previous complaints of misconduct by Ballard as far back as 11 years ago. It’s unclear if church or school officials reported or acted on past complaints.

Missing Vic n I kept thinking one thing as the U.S. House made history Sunday with its approval of a dramatic expansion of health coverage for all Americans. We’re going to miss U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder. Alone among our House members (just as he was alone in his vote against George W. Bush’s dishonest war), Snyder joined the majority and explained succinctly: “Middle class Arkansans with insurance will get more control over their health care choices, more power to hold insurance companies accountable for bad policies, and more affordable premiums. Medicare will be protected and improved for our seniors. 32 million Americans and small businesses without insurance will for the first time get the power and ability to get quality health insurance in the marketplace. And just like current federal law no federal money can pay for elective abortions.” Snyder was a calm voice in the last-minute clamor over abortion. He had voted for the Stupak amendment in the House, but he distributed documentary proof, including independent legal opinion and federal regulations, that the Senate health bill provided an equivalent guarantee against government spending on abortion. U.S. Reps. Mike Ross and lame duck Marion Berry and, of course Rep. John Boozman of the Party of No, joined Orval Faubus, George Wallace, etc., on the wrong side of history. Ross claimed he listened to his constituents, but independent polling suggests there’s broad support for health reform in his poor district, particularly when voters are given an accurate representation of the legislation. Instead, he obeyed the angry minority that has always made him a spear carrier for gun nuts and cranks and an opponent of human rights. But back to Vic Snyder. The best known candidate in the Democratic primary race to succeed him, Rep. Robbie Wills of Conway, had already said weeks ago that HE would NOT vote for this legislation. He said he wouldn’t vote for outright repeal should it pass, however, and was mute Monday morning. There

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was some comfort that two Democratic contenders, David Boling and Joyce Elliott, volunteered positive remarks about the vote. The Republican candidates, Scott Wallace and Tim Griffin, couldn’t wait to vow to repeal the legislation. They issued statements straight from the GOP Talking Points Factory. But really. Are they right? Do voters really want to repeal: • Barring insurance companies from excluding people with pre-existing conditions. • Stopping insurance companies from rescinding coverage. • Insurance exchanges that expand individual coverage and provide assistance for small businesses. • Tax credits for more than 36,000 small Arkansas businesses. • Expanding Medicaid. • Linking Medicare reimbursement to “quality outcomes.” • Health coverage for nearly a half-million more Arkansans. • Closing the “doughnut hole” in seniors’ drug coverage — a benefit to nearly 90,000 in Arkansas. • Free preventive health care. • Expanding funding for community health centers and rural health care. • More coverage for kids, including an extension of the time they can stay on parents’ health insurance. It is a sad day when advocating a better society requires courage. It is sadder still to consider where many political candidates — Tim Griffin stands out, but is by no means alone — think political success lies. Their selfishness of spirit; their mistrust of a government that defends us and brings us Social Security and Medicare, and their general meanness repudiate this country’s optimistic and giving history. Yes, we will miss Vic Snyder.


The stupid and the timid n People will find out, though probably not soon enough, how much they like the health insurance reform law that Congress enacted this week just as it took scant years for them to embrace history’s other great mandatory insurance acts, Social Security, unemployment and disability insurance, and Medicare. When they discover that the fearful claims from Republicans and the insurance industry about the legislation — the government takeover of medicine, socialism, death panels, taxpayer-funded abortions and ruinous taxes — were all lies, the bold talk about repeal will recede into whispers even if Republicans regain congressional majorities. It may take a little more time than current Democrats think they have but in a short period the Republicans will be in the same place that President Dwight Eisenhower found himself 18 months into his presidency in 1954. His right-wing brother Edgar had accused him of betraying Republican principles and demanded that the president try to repeal the New Deal reforms now that Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for the first time since Herbert Hoover. Eisenhower wrote him that if any political party tried to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance and federal labor laws “you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”

Ernest Dumas People who advocate it, Ike said, are just plain “stupid.” The idea, so popular with Republicans this week, that it is unconstitutional for Congress to impose laws that insure economic security for Americans, is equally foolish, Eisenhower said. He would brand the people who this week are advocating that Arkansas and other states nullify the insurance law what they are: “stupid.” Already, we can begin to see history’s winners and sinners from the act of bringing health security to 32 million people and guaranteeing it for all the rest of us. The big winner is the black president with the Middle Eastern name who became the fulcrum of the debate. Those who insist that bigotry had nothing to do with the ferocity of the protests against health reform, who missed the code words and angry inferences in the Arkansas town hall meetings and the letters to the editor, need to have heard the epithets thrown at AfricanAmerican lawmakers from the threatening crowd on Capitol Hill Sunday. On the other side, liberals had pronounced the president a failure for

Cool it for a few grafs n Could we, if only for a few paragraphs, endeavor to engage in a dispassionate analysis of health care reform? Let’s take a shot. Q: Is this, as Republicans say, “government-run health care”? A: No. The basis of our health care insurance system will remain privately provided through private insurers and employer-based plans. But our system will become decidedly more governmentregulated. That’s the only way government could hope to impose a policy extending health insurance and ending cruel practices such as denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and charging people more because they’re sick or capping people’s benefits when they’re catastrophically ill. Government will order people to get insurance, which Republican lawyers will challenge in court, probably to no avail, on the ground that the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause doesn’t permit the federal government to go so far as to to reach into states and make such a mandate. Government will create public health care exchanges comprising private insurers so that people now unable to get affordable insurance will have a place to get it. Government will subsidize low-and middle-income citizens in these exchanges,

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since they’ll not have employer matches like many of us do. But government will not actually “run” health care in a direct way or by the European socialist democratic model. America is famous for keeping its socialism on the margins and fashioning a hybrid public-private model. Q: Are there, as the Democrats insist, cuts in health care costs in this bill? A: The only ones directly mentioned are unspecified cuts of nearly a half-trillion dollars over a decade that are said to be in store for Medicare. And these, Democrats assure, I’d say dubiously, will come only from reimbursements to providers, not care for seniors, and will come from so-called waste, fraud and abuse. I say “dubiously” because the first thing doctors and providers do when they lose Medicare money is start warning their vulnerable senior patients that they may not be able to care for them anymore — and this eviscerates any political will to follow through on the changes.

doing too little and trimming his sails to the lateral winds. But in the testiest political climate since the Civil War, Barack Obama achieved what seven other presidents — three Republicans and four Democrats, great, near-great and mediocre, conservative and liberal — set out and failed miserably to do, even when their parties owned big majorities in Congress. If you do what a few of the country’s most masterly politicians — two Roosevelts, Truman, Nixon and Clinton — could not do, have you not staked a good claim on history’s majesty? By all rights, of course, Obama should share the laurels of history with Richard Nixon, whose Republican insurance plan of 1974 became the template for the DemocratObama plan. The Republican plan of the ’70s, which would have become law had Nixon not been forced to resign and Wilbur Mills not been scandalized at the Tidal Basin, put the burden on all U. S. businesses to pay for most of the cost of insurance for every American worker and his family, which would be bought from private insurance exchanges like those in the new law. The Democrats who voted for this year’s bill, many of them knowing how scant and distorted was their voters’ knowledge of this necessarily complicated legislation, will get credit from the next generation, and from this one largely, too. So how do we judge Arkansas’s delegation, whose political forebears voted almost every one for the mandatory insurance laws that undergirded the economic

security of their descendants? Five of the six Arkansas members of Congress voted for one or another of the slightly differing versions of the new law and all of them, reflecting the overwhelming persuasion of their constituents only a year ago, proclaimed the desperate need for exactly the kind of sweeping changes that it makes. But only two of the six — Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Vic Snyder — voted unequivocally and consistently to put health reform into law. Rep. Mike Ross helped draft the most liberal version of the bill and voted it out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, only to hear the threats of the tea party shakers and take a powder on its enactment. Sen. Blanche Lincoln backed and filled for a year, voted for the Senate bill that she helped write and that became the heart of the law, but then denounced the use of a majority-vote rule and cast herself against final enactment of the compromise. It made little logic and even less political sense. She enraged every side of the issue. Rep. Marion Berry voted for and then against virtually identical bills and couldn’t articulate a sensible explanation for his baffling behavior. The most plausible theory was that he didn’t want to saddle his handpicked successor with a vote that might be unpopular with some big people in the district and he was willing to sacrifice his own principles and the verdict of history. There’s a good book on contemporary Arkansas politicians waiting. Profiles in Timidity.

Right now, for example: For years we’ve had a law ordering annual automatic Medicare cuts in doctor reimbursements, and every year, including this one, Congress waives the automatic cuts and puts in the annual “doctor fix.” Even in this very bill, the short-term expenditures on Medicare will increase — to fill part of the “doughnut hole” on prescription drugs and increase payments to rural hospitals. It is conceivable that private insurance rates will become more competitive in these publicly created health care exchanges, and that, in time, costs of both health insurance and actual care will be brought under greater control by the broader base of insured persons. But it’s entirely theoretical at this point. Q: Does this bill make it possible to spend federal money on abortion? A: No. The Hyde Amendment makes that illegal. It is possible for an insurer to be a part of the health care exchange offering subsidized coverage and, quite apart from that, offering wholly private-pay plans that would pay for abortion. Marion Berry didn’t vote against this bill over abortion. He wanted to protect his chief of staff, Chad Causey, who seeks to succeed him in a district in which President Obama and health care reform are overwhelmingly opposed. Q: Are the Republicans right that this will explode the already disastrous budget

deficit, not actually reduce it slightly, as the Democrats say, over a decade? A: I believe the Republicans are right. These CBO estimates of slight deficit reductions over 10 years are based on accepting at face value these political assertions of future Medicare savings. I believe the record is woefully clear that it’s easier to assert future Medicare savings than actually to impose them when the time comes. The best hope for actual Medicare savings is in these Medicare Advantage plans by which the federal government sends money to private insurers to design managed-care programs for seniors. Government can, in effect, save money in Medicare by reducing the payments for these plans and forcing private insurers to run them more efficiently or simply give up on them and send everybody back into regular Medicare. Q: Is this, all things considered, desirable and worthy public policy? A: Yes, except for the part about our country going bankrupt, which was happening without health care reform and is not health care reform’s fault, but all our fault. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. You can read additional Brummett columns in The Times of North Little Rock. www.arktimes.com • march 25, 2010 15


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Film worth driving for

The Ozark Foothills FilmFest returns to Batesville this weekend. By Lindsey Millar

n Improbably, as it has for the last nine years, Batesville, a town of 10,000 that’s never exactly screamed “tourist hotspot,” will become a destination for cinephiles across the South this weekend as the Ozark Foothills FilmFest presents easily its most impressive program to date. The formula for success and longevity has never been about big names, according to founder Bob Pest, who runs the festival out of his house with his wife Judy. “As a film festival, we’re not always looking for big glamorous features and stars as much as we’re looking to build the film culture and film economy.” This year, in addition to longstanding local partners Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), which serve as the festival’s venues, he’s got a national partner to help with his mission. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has provided the funding for “Finding Your Audience” (Friday, 1-4 p.m., Room 103, UACCB), an indie film marketing workshop led by filmmaker Heidi Van Lier, the author of “The Indie Film Rule Book” and a past winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. Better yet, Pest has a number of new partners. The National Endowment for the Arts helped him secure a showcase of Cajun music that includes three artists who might not enjoy name recognition within the mainstream, but who, within documentary film and Cajun music circles, respectively, are giants. Especially Les Blank. The 73-year-old documentarian, who’ll be in attendance on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at UACCB’s Independence Hall to screen and discuss two of his Cajun music films, “J’ai Ete au Bal” and “Marc and Ann,” is one of film’s most decorated. He’s one of only three documentary filmmakers to have multiple films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. His work, which isn’t easy to find without purchasing it or catching it on the festival circuit, explores American subcultures, with special emphasis on music and food. The subjects of “Marc and Ann,” Cajun music stars

A CAJUN SHOWCASE: A still from Les Blank’s “Marc and Ann.” Both Blank and the film’s subjects, Marc and Ann Savoy, will be on hand at the festival. honorary French ambassador (who knew?) and one of Marc and Ann Savoy, will be on hand later on Saturday, Pest’s friends, put him in touch with the attache, who with their sons Wilson and Joel, for a concert at 8 p.m. happened to be a film buff himself. This year’s films in Independence Hall. are accessible to those unfamiliar with French film in Blank might be interested to see the Southern Suchopes that audiences might welcome French features culents Food Film Showcase, a collection of short docuin the coming years, Pest said. mentaries by Joe York of the Southern And as always, the festival features Foodways Alliance. The program begins Ozark Foothills a number of Arkansas films throughout at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Indepenthe weekend. Notably, there are Matdence Hall and includes a film about the FilmFest thew Rowe and Dixie Kline’s “DogBig Apple Inn in Jackson, Miss., famous Various locations, though mainly on the campuses of Lyon College patch USA,” which chronicles the often for its pig ear sandwiches and “Saving and the University of Arkansas bizarre history of the now-abandoned Willie Mae’s Scotch House,” about the Community College at Batesville. theme park in Northwest Arkansas, and efforts to revive the New Orleans home Noon Thursday, March 25, to “The Funeral Center,” the latest from cooking landmark post-Katrina. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28. twisted auteur Phil Chambliss, who’s “It’s really interesting what they Various prices, though most a cult hero on the film festival circuit. do,” said Pest of the Foodways Alliance screenings are $3-$5. The former is part of an Arkansas docufilms. “It begins about food, but it ends See a complete schedule at mentary showcase that shows at 6 p.m. up being about people and regions and ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. Friday in Independence Hall, while the culture. I’ve been really impressed by latter screens at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as part of a short nartheir films. I hope we can have a longstanding relationrative showcase in Room 103 at UACCB. All three filmship with them.” makers will be in attendance. Another, more unexpected, partner Pest hopes In fact, 26 Arkansas filmmakers will be in attento foster a relationship with is the French cultural atdance, according to Pest. tache in Houston, who programmed two French film “Nine years ago, I don’t think there were that many showcases, an animated program on Wednesday and filmmakers in the whole state,” he said. “Today, their another live-action one scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday work is better, too, and it’s getting better every year.” in Independence Hall. Beatrice Moore, Arkansas’s www.arktimes.com • march 25, 2010 17


■ to-dolist By Lindsey Millar and John Tarpley

TH U RS D AY 3 / 2 5

THE DIXIE BEE-LINERS 9 p.m., Juanita’s. $10.

n Is bluegrass becoming the new hardcore in the South? There’s certainly been a wave of young guns, eager to forgo Gibson SGs for a mandolin to shred on, adopting the genre lately. Sure, the attitude is different but it’s almost commonplace to see handfuls of mohawked fiddle aficionados at bluegrass festivals nowadays. In this light, The Dixie Bee-Liners are a nice change of pace. Founded in New York City but tagged as “Bible belt noir,” they’re five nice people with pleasant voices, dressed well, playing agreeable, NPR-ready music. Their newest release, “Susanville,” is an expansive, 19-track concept album about American interstates and the characters alongside them. It’s a sunshine and cherry pie take on Americana that’s totally, well, nice. JT.

FRID AY 3 / 2 6

‘CHINA ROCKS’

9 p.m., Maxine’s, Hot Springs.

  n Maybe labeling this show in an ethnocentric manner does the bands a bit of a disservice. But it’s true that the first word, “China,” raises eyebrows and may send people scampering to YouTube to check out the acts, but the second word, “rocks,” doesn’t lie. I’ve listened to AV Okubo stab through a cover of the Gang of Four classic “To Hell With Poverty,” looped Carsick Cars chanting their standout track “You Can Listen, You Can

PICKIN’ AND GRINNIN’: The Dixie Bee-Liners come to Juanita’s. Talk,” and just discovered that P.K. 14 was featured in Time Magazine in 2008. This isn’t some novelty act, folks; these are three really fantastic post-punk bands all set to stun. With Arkansas’s piggyback ride on SXSW’s shoulders winding down to a close, take advantage of seeing an odd, great lineup with this show. JT.

KEITH SYKES HOT SPRINGS WEEKEND

8 p.m., Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs. $30$50.

n For the third year running, Memphis singer/songwriter Keith Sykes, who cowrote Jimmy Buffett’s “Volcano” as well as songs recorded by everyone from John Prine to the Judds, gathers all his songwrit-

er buddies in Spa City for a big sing-along. “Goatwhore” over and over and over. It’s This year, the group includes Grammy like a made-up swear word, which I feel winner Richard Leigh, most famous for fairly confident is what the New Orleans penning Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make underground metal heroes were going for. Your Brown Eyes Blue”; Buzz Cason, Their influences, the quartet says, include who wrote “Everthe sort of Scandilasting Love” and navian black metal who’s surely the only bands you’d expect songwriter to have — Celtic Frost, his songs recorded Bathory, Darkthrone by The Beatles, U2, — and, lest those Pearl Jam, Gloria Eswho don’t know tefan and Jimmy Bufanything about Scanfett; Susan Marshall, dinavian black metal whose 2009 album, don’t get the drift, “In the Red,” features the “sounds of utter a guest appearance madness that take us by Lucinda Williams, to a new level of unand a host of other derstanding through regional songwriters disturbing tones and — Larry Joe Taylor, an overwhelming Jimmy Davis, Jed purge of depravZimmerman, Nancy ity.” If that sounds Apple, David Couslike your ticket, you er, Grace Askew and SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE: Keith won’t want to miss Delta Joe Sanders. Sykes leads the way in Spa City. this gig. As underAll will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday. At ground metal shows in Little Rock go, 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, “Bloody Marys they don’t get much bigger. Black Blood with Jed and Joe” features Zimmerman Division, Izamal and A Darkened Era and Sanders. And the group reassembles open the all ages show. LM. Saturday night for another 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $50 for both nights, or $30 for one. LM.

DESIGNER’S CHOICE FASHION PREVIEW

SAT URDAY 3 /2 7

GOATWHORE

8 p.m., Downtown Music. $10.

POST-PUNK IMPORT: Carsick Cars share a bill with two other Chinese rock bands at Maxine’s on Friday. 18 march 25, 2010 • ARKANSAS TIMES

n If you’re still living under your parents’ roof, and you’re looking to tweak ’em, you could do worse than a Goatwhore T-shirt. Or, you know, by simply saying

7 p.m., Metroplex. $35-$50.

n In the increasingly bustling — well, at least growing — local fashion scene, no event brings out more spectators or star wattage than the Designer’s Choice. In its third year, the fashion show brings back Korto Momolu to host, this time with Tyson Beckford, who’s famous for modeling for Ralph Lauren, making music video cam-


weekend of much-needed local rawk. Iron Tongue is really great stuff. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. They’re so loud and forward that it literally contorts your body. Once, during one of their sets, my friend told me that I “looked like I sat on a crooked stump,” whatever that means. Sounds about right, though. When a band roars and thrashes and sounds like a warship made out of muscles, you’re bound to walk a bit funny. And Sweet Eagle… let me tell you, Juanita’s, they’re going to chip the paint off of that big, blue mural on your wall. They’re a true super group in a town where, well, everyone’s a super group by default. The Eag — can we start calling them “The Eag,” y’all? — is like when you’re a kid (or, y’know, 25) and you make your “perfect team” out of baseball cards, except it’s with dudes in town who are just, y’know, really freaking good at ripping blisters in people’s ear canals with their instruments. Thanks for a good weekend. Keep ’em coming. Best to you, Juanita’s. JT.    

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MONDAY 3 /2 9

SCREAMING FEMALES 8 p.m., Vino’s. $7.

FASHION FORWARD: The Designer’s Choice is the big event in Little Rock’s fashion scene. eos and hosting Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel.” Still, the focus as ever remains on local designers. There are nine locals: Brooke Benham, Krystal Cornelius, Daisy Jackson, Leah Jackson, Tashika Keown, Feleke Ross, Johnathan Nichols, Ngozika O’keke and Leslie Pennell. And three outof-towners: Ocie Collins, Essence Flowers and Elwood Shannon. Tickets are available at Jeante OneofOne, Box Turtle, Vogue Visage, 4th Dimensions Salon and Uncle T’s. A $50 VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Momolu and Beckford (at 5:30 p.m.), free booze and food, good seats and free access to the after party. LM.

ing from the couple of new tracks on their MySpace, the second will keep the familiar jabbing guitars and gasping vocals like Joe Strummer’s jittery little brother intact. The guys are playing alongside peppy local favorites Magic Hassle and the reliably jaw-dropping Underclaire. JT.  

SUN D AY 3/2 8

IRON TONGUE / SWEET EAGLE 7:30 p.m., Juanita’s. $3.

  n Dear Juanita’s, thanks for hosting a

  n A bit of a surreal band, these guys are. The New Jersey trio’s fronted by Marissa Paternoster, a 5-foot tall tomboy who jumps from teenaged Marianne Faithful chanting, ululations and all, to throaty Medusan shrieks the next, shredding — and I mean shredding — a Strat that dwarfs her all the while. The bass player trades in any typical garage bass-player trappings for PiL-by-way-ofLarry Graham licks as the drummer rips blisters into his kit. It’s power pop with just enough of a gruff edge, or maybe The Slits on Pixy Stix. Either way, it’s as good of a Monday night show as you’ll find in town. Heck, with Dutch thrashers Elle Bandita and lo-fi psych from Bad Assets, it’s as good of a show as you’ll find any night in town. JT.

THE MOVING FRONT 9 p.m., Juanita’s. $5.

n After a five-month absence from the local stage, one of the most reliably remarkable acts in town returns with its second LP in the pipeline and, still, it’s worth noting, with guitarist Scott Cook on board (his recent solo work and collaborations with Julian Lennon notwithstanding). The new album, “Everyday Dissonance,” brings them back to gigging because, well, gigs make money and money prints music. Sporting guest spots from their old guitarist (current live guitarist for Green Day), Jeff Matika, as well as members of Stella Fancy and Velvet Kente, it’s a curiosity of an album that needs to be in ears sooner rather than later. Their self-titled 2007 album is a bona fide local classic and, judg-

MONDAY NIGHT, ALL RIGHT: Screaming Females lead a strong Monday night bill at Vino’s.

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THURSDAY 3/25

n Adam Faucett, one of Little Rock’s best songwriters, plays Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. The local Father Maple opens for Indigenous, a group of South Dakotans who specialize in Texas blues, at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $10. Texas two-steppers, Two Tons of Steel, play along side the Holy Modal Rounders of Pulaski County, Mockingbird Hillbilly Band at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone Pub hosts the Tho-D Studio’s weekly Thursday Hip Hop Show, 9 p.m., $5. Jason D. Williams brings his Jerry Lee Lewis cover show to Odie’s House of Blues in Hot Springs, 8 p.m.  

FRIDAY 3/26

n The Blue Hit, an Austin-based, cello-heavy chamber pop trio revisits Little Rock, this time at River City Gift Co., 7 p.m., donations. Conway-based Adam Hambrick brings his M.O.R. heart-onsleeve set to Juanita’s, 10 p.m. Downtown Music hosts the monthly Cool Shoes party with electro DJs Shawn Lee, Graham Michael and Andrew Linder, 10 p.m., $5. Josephus and the always deceptively named George Jonestown Massacre provide music for the late-night lushes at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz has Guns N’ Roses cover band Paradise City, 9 p.m., $8. Jacksonville, Fla.’s Pop Tart Monkeys, an outfit that throws back to ’90s pop-punk, begins a two-night stand at West End, 9 p.m., $5. Party band Typhoid Mary plays Underground Pub, 9 p.m., $5. Hugely popular Red Dirt country singer Wade Bowen plays Revolution four days before releasing his new CD, a live one recorded at Billy Bob’s Texas, 9 p.m., $10.  

SATURDAY 3/27

n Country-swing outfit Flathead joins local bluesman Tom Houston Jones to open up for R.L.’s son and ex-North Mississippi All-Star, Duwayne Burnside, at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Runaway Planet brings its flying fingers and taut bluegrass show to Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Discovery’s weekly dance party flaunts Michael Shane in the disco, DJ Balance in the lobby and Taylor Madison Monrow and M’Shay Foster in the theater, 9 p.m., $10. Cornerstone Pub gets music from Bluesboy Jag, 8:30 p.m., $5. The weekly Superstar Saturday party goes down at On the Rocks with DJ Deja Blu manning the decks, 7 p.m. Vino’s hosts the latest Hope For Haiti Benefit with Stereo Sounds, Once Exiled, Our Friends Fall Silent, Rivalry For Ruin and HiFive City, 8 p.m., $10. www.arktimes.com • march 25, 2010 19


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THURSDAY, MARCH 25 MUSIC

Adam Faucett. 10 p.m., $3. Town Pump, 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802 Brian Martin. 9 p.m., free. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub. com. Call It Karma, The Requested, Sugar Sugar Sugar. 8 p.m., $7. Vino’s, 923 Seventh St. 3758466, vinosbrewpub.com. Dixie Bee-Liners, The Crumbs. 9 p.m., $10. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas. com. 18 plus. The Gettys (headliner), Brian & Nick (happy hour). 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. Indigenous. 8:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom.com. 18 plus. Integrity. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Jason D. Williams. 8 p.m. Odie’s House of Blues, 3413 Central, Hot Springs. 501-623-6343, odieshouseofblues.com. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Karaoke with DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Ryan Couron. 9 p.m., free. Grumpy’s, 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 225-3768. Terry Black Band. 9 p.m., free. The Big Chill, 910 Higdon Ferry Rd., Hot Springs. 501-624-5185. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thirsty Thursdays. 7 p.m. On the Rocks, 107 E. Markham St. 374-7425, clubontherocks.com. Tho-D Thursday Hip Hop Show. 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. Two Tons of Steel, Mockingbird. 9 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. Unpainted Arizona. 9 p.m., $5. Electric Cowboy, 9513 I-30. 560-6000, www.electriccowboy. com. Wade Ogle, Jason Paul. 10 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com.

EVENTS

The Forgotten War: Arkansas and the Korean War. 9 a.m., free. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 Ninth Street. 3764602, www.arkmilitaryheritage.com Hip Hop Hooray for Spring Break. 2 p.m., free. Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road. 5687494. 20 march 25, 2010 • arKaNSaS TImES

GET YOUR EGG ON: Eggshibition, the annual fundraiser for Youth Home, returns to the Jack Stephens Event Center on Friday, March 26. Tickets are $50, or $75 for patrons. Eggs decorated by artists and local celebrities — like Debie Deaton’s “Hello World” from last year — will be up for auction and there’ll be food and booze, 7 p.m.

COMEDY

Ben Creed. 8 p.m., $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

POETRY

inVerse Open Mic Poetry Night. 6 p.m., $5. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979,

Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 26 MUSIC

Adam Hambrick. 10 p.m. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. 18 plus. Akhilles, Stereo Sound. 8 p.m. The Exchange, 100 Exchange St., Hot Springs. myspace.com/ theexchangevenue. Amy Garland and Brad Williams. 8:30 p.m., free. Capi’s, 11525 Cantrell Road. 225-9600, capisrestaurant.com. BLU 82. 9 p.m. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. The Blue Hit. 7 p.m., donations. River City Gift Co., 2715 Kavanaugh. 661-1496, rivercitygiftco. com Brown Soul Shoes. 8 p.m. Gusano’s Conway, 2915 Dave Ward Drive, Conway. 501-329-1100, gusanospizza.com. Chant (headliner), Stephen Winter (happy hour). 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. China Rocks Showcase with Carsick Cars, P.K.14, AV Okubo. 9 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub. com. Chris Henry. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com. Cool Shoes with DJs Shawn Lee, Graham Michael, Andrew Linder. 10 p.m., $5. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819, downtownshoes.homestead.com. DJ Debbi T. 10 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Embrace the Crash. 9 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Heavy Suga & the SweeTones. 9 p.m., free. The Big Chill, 910 Higdon Ferry Rd., Hot Springs. 501-624-5185. Jeff Coleman. 8 p.m. Cregeen’s, 301 Main St., NLR. 374-7468, cregeens.com. Joe Pitts Band. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Josephus and the George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billards, 1316 Main St. 12:30 a.m. 372-9990, midtownar.com. JP Soars & the Red Hots. 8 p.m. Odie’s House of Blues, 3413 Central, Hot Springs. 501-6236343, odieshouseofblues.com. Keith Lewis, Gil Franklin. 8 p.m. Honey Hut, 3723 MacArthur, NLR. 753-0091. Keith Sykes Hot Springs Weekend. A twonight showcase featuring songwriters Keith Sykes, Richard Leigh, Larry Joe Taylor, Jimmy Davis, Susan Marshall, Buzz Cason, Jed Zimmerman, Nancy Apple, David Couser, Grace Askew, Delta Joe Sanders. 8 p.m., $30 one night, $50 two nights. Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-609-2533, www.keithsykes.com. Lois Lane, Eucharist, Beach Party Slaughter, Poisonwood. 8 p.m., $7. Vino’s, 923 W. Seventh St. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Paradise City. 9 p.m., $8. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. Pop Tart Monkeys. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www.westendsmokehouse.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 9 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Typhoid Mary. 9 p.m., $5. Underground Pub, 500 President Clinton Ave. 707-2537. Wade Bowen. 9 p.m., $10. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom.com. White Collar Criminals. 8 p.m. Markham Street Grill, 11321 W. Markham. 224-2010. William Staggers. 9 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com.

EVENTS

“The Art Party.” Interactive painting and art


sales. 8 p.m., $5. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/acacarkansas. The Forgotten War: Arkansas and the Korean War. 9 a.m., free. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 Ninth Street. 3764602, www.arkmilitaryheritage.com Hip Hop Hooray for Spring Break. 2 p.m., free. Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road. 568-7494.

BENEFITS

“Eggshibition XIX.” 7 p.m., $50 regular, $75 patrons. Jack Stephens Center, UALR Campus. 8215500, www.youthhome.org/eggshibition2010.htm.

CLASSES

“Spring Into Spain.” A two-day children’s class on the art and culture of Spain. 9 a.m., $70 tuition. Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Ninth. 372-4000, arkarts.com.

COMEDY

Ben Creed. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

SPORTS

Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 27 MUSIC

1st Impressions. 9 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz.com. Adrenaline. 9 p.m., $5. Fox and Hound, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, NLR. 753-8300. Big Smith. 9 p.m., $8. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge.com. Chant. 9 p.m. Flying Saucer, 323 Clinton Ave. 372-7468, beerknurd.com. DJ Shaintrain. 10 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Duwayne Burnside, Thomas Houston Jones, Flathead. 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. Seventh. 375-8400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Fear Factory. 8 p.m., $19 adv., $23 d.o.s. The Village, 3915 S. University. 570-0300, thevillagelive. com. FreeWorld. 12:30 a.m. Midtown Billards, 1316 Main St. 372-9990, midtownar.com. Goatwhore, Black Blood Division, Izamal, And A Darkened Era. 8 p.m., $10. Downtown Music, 211 W. Capitol. 376-1819, downtownshows.homestead.com. Goodtime Ramblers. 9 p.m., free. Grumpy’s, 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 225-3768. Heavy Suga & the SweeTones. 9 p.m., free. The Big Chill, 910 Higdon Ferry Rd., Hot Springs. 501-624-5185. Hope For Haiti Benefit with Stereo Sounds, Once Exiled, Our Friends Fall Silent, Rivalry For Ruin, Hi-Five City. 8 p.m., $10. Vino’s, 923 W. Seventh St. 375-8466, vinosbrewpub.com. Keith Lewis, Gil Franklin. 8 p.m. Honey Hut, 3723 MacArthur, NLR. 753-0091. Keith Sykes Hot Springs Weekend. A twonight showcase featuring songwriters Keith Sykes, Richard Leigh, Larry Joe Taylor, Jimmy Davis, Susan Marshall, Buzz Cason, Jed Zimmerman, Nancy Apple, David Couser, Grace Askew, Delta Joe Sanders. 8 p.m., $30 one night, $50 two nights. Arlington Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-609-2533, www.keithsykes.com. Michael Shane (disco), DJ Balance (lobby), Taylor Madison Monrow and M’Shay Foster (theater). 9 p.m., $10. Discovery, 1021 Jessie Road. 664-4784, latenightdisco.com. Penguin Dilemma (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 3755351, cajunswharf.com. Pop Tart Monkeys. 9 p.m., $5. West End, 215 N. Shackelford. 224-7665, www.westendsmokehouse.com. Rep the Rock Rite Nite. 8 p.m. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. Runaway Planet. 9 p.m., $7. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Shannon Boshears. 8 p.m. Markham Street Grill, 11321 W. Markham. 224-2010.

Superstar Saturday. 7 p.m. On the Rocks, 107 E. Markham St. 374-7425, clubontherocks.com. Sweetwater. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Moving Front, Magic Hassle, Underclaire. 9 p.m., $5. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 3743271, juanitas.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 9 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thomas East. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com.

EVENTS

“A Woman’s Worth 3.” Women in the Arts Celebration for Women’s History Month. 6 p.m. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/acacarkansas. Breakfast with Reptiles. 8 a.m. $12.95-$23.95. Little Rock Zoo, 1 Jonesboro Drive. 666-2406, littlerockzoo.com. Casino Night at Rick’s Café Americaine. A fundraiser with a “Casablanca” themed dinner and gaming. 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., $10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road. 442-6623, casinonightfundraiser.com. Designer’s Choice Fashion Preview. Hosted by Tyson Beckford and Korto Momolu. Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road. dchoicefashion@yahoo.com. Easter Family Festival and Egg Hunt. 1 p.m. Clinton Center. 374-4242, clintonpresidentalcenter.org. Spring Canoe Float. 9 a.m., $30. Little Maumelle Boat Launch, Maumelle. 868-5806, ArkansasStateParks.com/PinnacleMountain.

BOOKS

Rosemary Dunaway Trible. The Little Rock native signs her memoir, “Fear to Freedom.” 3 p.m. Wordsworth Books & Co., 5920 R St. 501-6639198, wordsworthbooks.org.

COMEDY

2nd Annual Arkansas’ Funniest Person. 6 p.m., $10. Electric Cowboy, 9515 I-30. 539-1538, pjbeam@hotmail.com. Ben Creed. 7 p.m.,9 p.m., 11 p.m. $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

SPORTS

Arkansas Diamonds vs. Abilene Ruff Riders. 7 p.m., $12-$50. Verizon Arena, NLR. 800745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 28 MUSIC

DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Iron Tongue, Mondo Drag, Sweet Eagle, The Sound of the Mountain. 6:30 p.m., $6. Juanita’s, 1300 Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. Monday Night Jam Session. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Smooth Reflections. 8 p.m. Gusano’s Conway, 2915 Dave Ward Drive, Conway. 501-329-1100, gusanospizza.com. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig. 11 a.m. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com.

EVENTS

South Arkansas Sound Off Tour. 9 a.m., free. Music Mart Car Audio, 303 S. Bowman Road. 6640101.

SPORTS

Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 29 MUSIC

Ben Coulter. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Monday Night Jam Session. 8 p.m., $5. After-

thought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, www.afterthoughtbar.com. Screaming Females, Elle Bandita, Bad Assets. 9 p.m., $7. Vino’s 923 W. Seventh St. 3758466, vinosbrewpub.com. Steele Jessup. 9 p.m., free. Grumpy’s, 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 225-3768.

LECTURES

Maen Rashid Areikat. The Palestine Liberation Organization’s representative to the United States speaks. Noon, free. Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service. 683-5239, publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu.

TUESDAY, MARCH 30 MUSIC

Big John Miller. 8 p.m., $5. Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Brugh Foster. 8 p.m. Cornerstone Pub, 314 Main St., NLR. 374-1782, cstonepub.com. DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. Feel Lucky Karaoke. 8 p.m. On the Rocks, 107 E. Markham St. 374-7425, clubontherocks.com. Mega Karaoke. 8 p.m. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub. com. Singer/Songwriter Night with Zach Landon, Michael Arnold, John Freshour, Matt Lieblong, Matt Hester. 9 p.m., $3. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. Switchfoot. 9 p.m., $20. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-5276618, georgesmajesticlounge.com. Tuesday Jam Session. 8 p.m., free. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31 MUSIC

Dave Williams & Co. 8 p.m., $5. Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-4176, afterthoughtbar.com. Dean Agus. 9 p.m., free. Grumpy’s, 1801 Green Mountain Drive. 225-3768. DJ Debbi T. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. G-Love and Special Sauce, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. 9 p.m., $20. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-527-6618, georgesmajesticlounge. com. Jim Dickerson. 7 p.m. Sonny Williams’, 500 President Clinton Ave. 324-2999, www.sonnywilliamssteakroom.com. Lucious Spiller Band. 9:30 p.m., $5. Sticky Fingerz, 107 Commerce St. 372-7707, stickyfingerz. com. Paul Sammons. 9 p.m., free. Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-321-0909, maxinespub.com. Richie Johnson. 5:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. The Ragbirds. 9 p.m., $5. Juanita’s, 1300 S. Main St. 374-3271, juanitas.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Wallace Poole as Willie Nelson. 8 p.m. Odie’s House of Blues, 3413 Central, Hot Springs. 501623-6343, odieshouseofblues.com.

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Book Club Discussion: Charlaine Harris’ “Dead After Dark.” 6 p.m., free. Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482. NanoDays. Explore the bizarre world of tiny things and learn how nano science affects our daily lives. Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave. 396-7050, amod.org.

COMEDY

Todd Yohn. 8 p.m. $6. Loony Bin, I-430 and Rodney Parham. 228-5555, loonybincomedy.com.

LECTURES

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Alex Chilton forever Remembering the Memphis pop king. By John Tarpley

n One could make a strong argument that if you were to distill the “Little Rock sound” down to the basest stock, removing the various influences heard here and there until one single, shared sound remained, it would be that of Big Star and Alex Chilton. Needless to say, last week’s news of Chilton’s death traveled fast through town, instantly marring a lot of Irish levity and setting off a chain of spur of the moment listening parties. On a personal note, while I’ve always dismissed the idea of celebrity mourning as shallow posturing, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m legitimately, fiercely torn up about the completely unexpected passing of one of the greatest American songwriters, a tremendous (if not the biggest) influence on my own dalliances in music and, simply, a guy who once wished me a Merry Christmas. We’ve devoted a number of posts on Rock Candy to Chilton. One includes links to download a trio of local-tied acts covering Big Star: American Princes doing “Don’t Lie to Me,” The Boondogs with “O, Dana” and Elegant Too (featuring Chris Maxwell of The Gunbunnies) taking on “Nighttime.” The others are tributes to or memories of Chilton, mostly from Arkansas musicians (an ex-member of The Fall answered my call for remembrances on Facebook, too). Here are a couple of the most poignant. n “…We realize it’s not so easy to be friends with an artist, especially a gifted one. His smile often twisted into a leer, even when he was amused by your bonhomie and by your adulation. Be careful of tendencies: OK we’ve created it; now let’s deconstruct it. Godhead on the one hand, destroying angel on the other… Lord help you if you were caught in between. His tones were golden, and he knew that... better than anyone. Was he resentful because he had given so much, and had received less than the key to the temple of abiding good fortune and fame immemorial? Was he content in his rickety 18th cottage on the edge of the French Quarter surrounded by his guitars and aquatints and

chiLTon: Soulful and inspiring. a cognoscenti of musicians who celebrated him as we do now? Did he draw all that he could take from his talents? Did he quaff draughts of indolence? The answers mean little, and the questions even less. What matters is that those whom he touched, were touched immutably…” — Tav Falco, musician, filmmaker and wild man, who collaborated with Chilton in the Panther Burns in the late ’70s and early ’80s (and who’s from Gurdon!). Read the full remembrance on Rock Candy. n “If you can hear ‘Kangaroo’ without your naked soul hugging you from the inside out so hard that goosebumps pop up, I don’t really even need to know that you exist.” — Marcus Lowe, local producer and drummer in Parachute Woman. n “Alex Chilton’s growth as a musician and songwriter over the past decades inspired dozens of wannabes to follow in his footsteps. One of the beauties of being blessed with the gift of song is that through sharing it you can achieve a sort of immortality. The sound vibrations you create will forever exist is some facet or another, be it via influence or in that warm feeling I get everytime I hear the soulful voice and the enviable guitar work of Alex Chilton. Rest, now.” — joshua of Velvet Kente.

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downtown until the wee hours of the morning, landing in the River Market on every hour and returning to Hillcrest on every half hour, until 2:30 a.m. OutOntheRock.com’s Wally Waller is heading up the venture. Groups going out on the town are his target, he said last week. To that end, the initial price structure is aimed at what he called “viral opinion Continued on page 26


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SPORTS

Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

tHUrsDaY, aPril 1 MUSIC

Adam Carroll and Michael O’Connor. 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern, 2500 W. Seventh. 3758400, myspace.com/whitewatertavern. Ben Miller Band. 9 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-5276618, georgesmajesticlounge.com. DJ Mikey Mike. 8 p.m. Counterpoint, 3605 MacArthur, NLR. 771-5515, myspace.com/bogiescounterpoint. G-Love and Special Sauce. 9 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Revolution, 300 President Clinton Ave. 823-0090, revroom.com.18 plus. Harding University’s “Spring Sing.” 7 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sat. Benson Auditorium, Harding University, Searcy. 870-279-4255, hardingtickets.com. Karaoke with Big John Miller. 8 p.m., Denton’s Trotline, 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501315-1717. Kasey Kimmons. 9 p.m., free. The Big Chill, 910 Higdon Ferry Rd., Hot Springs. 501-624-5185. Romallize (headliner), Ben and Doug (happy hour). 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road. 375-5351, cajunswharf.com. The Ted Ludwig Trio. 5 p.m., free. Capital Bar & Grill, 111 W. Markham. 370-7013, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG. Thread. 9 p.m., $5. Electric Cowboy, 9513 I-30. 560-6000, www.electriccowboy.com.

EVENTS

NanoDays. Explore the bizarre world of tiny things and learn how nano science affects our daily lives. Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave. 396-7050, amod.org.

BOOKS

“Live From the Met: ‘Hamlet.’ ” UCA hosts two HD telecasts of the Shakespeare classic from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. 2 p.m. Sun., $15 general, $5 students. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. 501-852-2599.

Call for entries Submissions for the THEA Foundation’s first annual filmmaking scholarship are being accepted from any Arkansas high school senior through April 9. More information is available by calling 379-9512 or by visiting www.theafoundation.org.

Galleries, MUseUMs New exhibits, upcoming events CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: “Leadership in a Time of Crisis: President Clinton and the Oklahoma Bombing,” through June 1; “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection,” more than 200 pins the

former secretary of state wore during her diplomatic tenure, through June 1 (video at www.arktimes. com); “Build My Pins,” pin-making for student visitors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. continues March 2526; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. JACK STEPHENS CENTER, UALR: “Eggshibition XIX: Wings of Hope,” Youth Home fundraiser, auction of eggs decorated by artists and celebrities, 7 p.m. March 26, $50 or $75 patron. 821-5500, youthhome.org. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: “Rock Art Discoveries and Rediscoveries on Petit Jean Mountain,” Brown Bag Lunch lecture by Don Higgins, noon March 26; “Badges, Bandits & Bars: Arkansas Law & Justice,” state’s history of crime and punishment, through March 2011. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685.

QUAPAW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1601 S. Louisiana St.: 6th annual “Corazon Mexican Dinner and Silent Art Auction,” fundraiser for the Center for Artistic Revolution, March 27, dinner and preview 6 p.m., auction 7 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at door ($7 and $10 for kids 12 and under). 244-9690, artchangesu@yahoo.com. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “UALR Annual Student Competitive,” March 31-May 5, GalleryI. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. 569-8977. n Bentonville CRYSTAL BRIDGES AT THE MASSEY, 125 W. Central: “Looking at Our Landscape,” juried community photography exhibit by more than 100 contributors, April 1-May 31, reception 5-7 p.m. April 2. 479-418-5700. n Mountain View ARKANSAS CRAFT SCHOOL: Workshops by metal artist Thomas Mann, “Design for Survival” March 26, “The Found Object Sandwich”

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POETRY

inVerse Open Mic Poetry Night. 6 p.m., $5. ACAC, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. 244-2979, myspace.com/acacarkansas.

SPORTS

Oaklawn Racing. 1 p.m., Saturday; 1:30 p.m., weekdays, Sunday. Oaklawn Jockey Club, 2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, www. oaklawn.com.

tHis WeeK in tHeater “The Deal and the Descent.” 7:30 p.m. Thu.Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun. $10. Pocket Community Theater, 170 Ravine Street, Hot Springs. 501-6238585, www.pockettheater.com. “Ferdinand the Bull.” Friendly bull enjoys his life of leisure and Spanish culture away from Pamplona. 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., through March 21; 2 p.m. March 25-26. $11-$14. 9th and Commerce. 372-4000, www.arkarts.com. “Glorious!” The true story of a New York heiress and socialite who wanted to be a great operatic diva despite having one of the worst singing voices in history. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat.; 2:00 p.m., 7 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. $20-40. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St. 378-0405, therep.org. “Lend Me a Tenor.” A theater’s assistant company manager has to stand in for a drunken, Italian tenor, through April 18. Dinner: 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Lunch: 11 a.m. Sun. and special Wed. matinees. Curtain: 7:45 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 12:40 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun. $30-$32. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 562-3131, murrysdinnerplayhouse.com. “The Little Dog Laughed.” A risque satire following a movie star on the cusp of fame and his frustrated agent who can’t keep him closeted. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat, 2:30 p.m. Sun., $14. The Weekend Theater, Seventh & Chester. 374-3761, www. weekendtheater.org.

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■moviereviews Spooked Polanski takes on a spy mystery in ‘The Ghost Writer.’

‘THE GHOST WRITER’: Kim Cattrall and Ewan McGregor star. n There’ve been quite a few movies made in the last few years about the war on terror and the excesses of the Bush administration, but Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” is the first to turn that backdrop into a spook story whodunit. It’s not exactly about the Bush administration; no, it’s more about an entirely fictional retired British prime minister who has been the U.S.’s biggest foreign enabler in the war on terror and yet does not resemble Tony Blair in any way, pinky swear. Our not-at-all-Blairlike PM (Pierce Brosnan) is writing a memoir of his political life. Like most politicians and celebrities, he’s hired a ghost writer to do the work for him, but his ghost writer has just washed up on shore, having taken a drunken fall (or, perhaps, jump) off of a ferry. The publisher is demanding a quick resolution for the book, so they hire a new ghost (Ewan McGregor) to come up with a workable manuscript in just four weeks. This new ghost (I don’t believe he’s ever given a name) finds himself flung into a personal and political quagmire: a narcolepsy-inducing manuscript left by his predecessor, a political marriage on the verge of collapse, and now new accusations of war crimes against his boss. Within days, McGregor’s ghost becomes convinced that the previous ghost’s death was not entirely unassisted and that there may be considerable political value to the book, though he’ll be damned if he can see what. “The Ghost Writer” is a fine, smart and gripping mystery, something of a rarity any time of year, doubly so right after the Oscars. There are shades of some of the smarter spy stories of the modern era (Norman Mailer’s “Harlot’s Ghost” comes to mind) tucked neatly into the frame of a classic detective story. I half-

way hoped that Hercule Poirot would come lumbering in like some giant, snorting bipedal pug to waggle an accusing paw at the CIA. The cast is nearly all excellent — only two actors, Jim Belushi and Kim Cattrall, seem out of place here, and they smell a bit like directorial vanity picks to me, as if Polanski were looking for a challenge to showcase his own skills at manufacturing sow’s ear silk purses. And he mostly does — both are the best performances I’ve seen out of either actor. The rest of the cast is very good to excellent, and the direction is, well, Polanski on his game. There’s a twist at the end that isn’t terribly twisty, I’m afraid, and that’s one hell of a shame, as it is supposed to be the big whodunit reveal, but Polanski mostly saves it with a very pithy, very tidy, nicely symbolic finish that I won’t ruin for you. On the whole, this is a big win and very likely an Oscar contender. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you know that this may well be Roman Polanski’s last film for some time. Looks like he’s going out on a high note. — Matthew Reed

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ n What with the fact that anybody not grown to maturity in a government lab knows all about the awkwardness and indignity of going from being a child to being a teenager – especially when the educational process is involved – viewers of all ages will find a lot to like in the new kids’ flick “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Based on the mega-selling series of books by author and illustrator Jeff Kinney, “Diary” follows the adventures of Continued on page 32 www.arktimes.com • march 25, 2010 31


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MUSEUMS, ongoing exhibits CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Bates and Park: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Stretched Foundations: Works by Lee Anthony, Jon Hayden and Mary Shelton,” through May 10; “Viewfinding: Photography by Brian Cormack,” through April 4. 324-9351. MacARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, MacArthur Park: “Warrior: Vietnam Portraits by Two Guys from Hall,” photos by Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson, through Aug. 8; exhibits on Arkansas’s military history. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. 376-4602.

to mind, with Capron firmly owning the Porky Pig role with deliberate glee. Less successful, though not by a lot, is Gordon, who understandably has a lot of weight to carry as Kinney’s often-self-centered and not-too-likeable anti-hero. Gordon, while good, just doesn’t completely do justice to Hefley for me. He seems a bit stiff, though I suspect he will loosen up as the inevitable Wimpy Kid sequels are made. In the end, my own “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fanatic — who is 10, and who has read all the books at least twice — gave the movie a four out of five stars. For my part, I think that both parents and kids alike will find things to laugh at in “Diary,” be they jokes in the movie or at some of the things that will send even the oldest viewer whirling back to the world of elementary and middle school, where logic often goes out the window in favor of stuff like cooties – seen here as this film’s infamous “Cheese Touch” (and no, I’m not going to try and explain that). It’s a heck of a good time, especially if you’ve got a kid to share the popcorn with. — David Koon MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth and Broadway: Exhibits on African-Americans in Arkansas, including one on the Ninth Street business district, Dunbar High School, entrepreneurs, the Mosaic Templars business and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 683–3593. MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, 500 President Clinton Ave.: Interactive science exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 1-12 and seniors 65 and up, children under 1 free, free second Sunday of every month. 396-7050. www.museumofdiscovery.org. WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on wildlife and the state Game and Fish Commission. n England TOLTEC MOUNDS STATE PARK, State Hwy. 165: Major prehistoric Indian site with visitors’ center and museum. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. $3 for adults, $2 for ages 6-12. 961-9442. n Eureka Springs EUREKA SPRINGS HISTORICAL MUSEUM: History of the Ozark Folk Festival, in photographs, programs, documents. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.Sat., 11 a.m. a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sun. 479-253-9417. n Harrison BOONE COUNTY LIBRARY: “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” drawings and diagrams from the time of Galileo and contemporary images of planets, stars and galaxies made by the Hubble Space Telescope, through March 25. 870-741-5913.


SCOTT PLANTATION SETTLEMENT: 1840s log cabin, one-room school house, tenant houses, smokehouse and artifacts on plantation life. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 351-0300. www.scottconnections.org.

Proposals for sculpture for the Bernice Garden at the southeast corner of Daisy Gatson Bates and South Main Street are being taken through March 31. Individuals or teams may apply. Five sculptures will be selected; stipends of $200 for finalists’ models and $2,800 for construction will be awarded. Application packets are available at www.thebernicegarden.org; mail applications to 1716 N. Spruce St., Little Rock 72207. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is holding an art contest for fifth- and seventh-grade students. Artwork should for work based on any Arkansas property that is at least 50 years old include an essay on how that property reflects on Arkansas history or why it’s important to save historic places. Entries must be postmarked by April 15. For more information, write AHHP Art and Essay Invitational, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock 72201 or call 324-9786 or e-mail rachelm@arkansasheritage. org. Winning entries will be displayed at the Old State House in May. The Shiloh Museum is asking patrons to select artifacts to be displayed in its October exhibit, “The Music of Our Lives.” The curator has selected 40 artifacts to choose from. Ballots are available at the museum or the museum’s website, www. springdalear.gov/Shiloh. Votes will be collected through April 30.

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n Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day with someone truly fascinating? Dora Jane Flesher knows about it first-hand. As co-chair for the 2nd Annual A Day in the Life fundraiser benefitting the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski Country, Flesher and her husband, Greg, “won” (purchased at last year’s silent auction) the rare opportunity to dine with former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and his wife Erica. “We listened, laughed and shared stories with Jermain and Erica. Jermain is a fantastic storyteller. We heard stories of his childhood, his training, his diets and his famous fights. By the end of the night, we felt like old friends,” says Flesher. A Day in the Life is the fundraising brainchild of Ellen Ingram, Executive Director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund (SPSF). Last year’s event raised $39,000 for the organization. This year’s goal is $50,000 with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the SPSF, which originated in 1990 to assist single parents seeking financial help with higher education. In 2009, SPSF awarded $111,000 in scholarships to high potential, low-income Dora Jane Flesher will co-chair single mothers and fathers the 2nd Annual A Day in the Life attending college in Pulaski fundraiser benefitting the Single County. This year, they will Parent Scholarship Fund of Pudistribute $130,000. laski County on April 8. Flesher learned about the organization in 2002, and she and her family have sponsored a student every year since. “An education lasts a lifetime, and we feel that by supporting the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, we are changing families forever,” she says. This year, Flesher is co-chairing A Day in the Life with Joan Early. “We’ve had so much fun working together and have assembled a diverse group of committee members. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time brainstorming about interesting people, activities and experiences we could auction,” she says. “Local celebrities, athletes and professionals have been very receptive to the event and generous in the time they have offered to us.” Some of this year’s opportunities include flower arranging with Phil Cato from About Vase, fishing with professional angler Scott Suggs and cooking with Chef Lee Richardson of Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel. A Day in the Life will take place on Thursday, April 8 from 6:309 p.m. at the Lafayette Building. Tickets are $50, which includes food and an open bar. For more information about A Day in the Life and the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, call 501-301-7774 or visit www.pulaskisingleparents.org.

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n Glorious! runs through Sunday, March 28 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Nominated for the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy, Glorious! is based on the true story of Florence Fosn The Old State House Museum ter Jenkins, the legendary New York hosts “Scratching the Surface: Rock heiress and socialite who wanted to Art Discoveries and Rediscoveries be an operatic diva despite having on Petit Jean Mountain” on Friday, one of the worst singing voices in March 26 from 12-1 p.m. as part history. Show times for production of the museum’s Brown Bag Lecare 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. ture Series. Guest researcher Don and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices Higgins will lead the series with a range from $20-$40. Next up on the discussion on several recent findRep’s MainStage is Frost/Nixon. This ings of Petit Jean pictographs and fast-paced Tony Award-nominated what they add to our understanding play showcases the conviction and of ancient Arkansas cultures. The cunning of two men as they square lecture is free. Guests are encouroff in one of the most monumental aged to bring their lunch. Bevertelevision interviews of all time. ages will be provided. The museum Profoundly evocative and vibrantly will unveil a new exhibit on Friday, written by Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon April 2. “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State is an exhilarating, intellectual David and Its Reputation” tells the story and Goliath battle of wits as Frost of Arkansas being perceived as a Darren Dunstan as “Cosme” and Patricia attempts to “give Nixon the trial he hillbilly state and the development Kilgarriff as “Florence Foster Jenkins” in never had.” Frost/Nixon opens on of a dual image, with Arkansawyers the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s producFriday, April 23. For showtimes and being portrayed as coarse, illiterate tion of Peter Quilter’s comedy Glorious! ticket information, call the Box Ofand violent backwoodsmen on one fice at (501) 378-0405 or buy tickets hand while also being lifted up as an independent, honest, online at www.therep.org. The Rep is located at 601 Main friendly and humble people. The exhibit also looks at how St. in downtown Little Rock. some Arkansans attempted defend their state against the popularization of this image. Brooks Blevins, curator of n Currently running at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse is Lend Me the exhibit, is professor of Ozark Studies at Missouri State a Tenor. Through April 18, it’s non-stop laughter when the University. Italian tenor hired to sing the lead in The Old State House Museum is Othello falls into a drunken stupor and located at 300 W. Markham and is the assistant company manager must open Monday through Saturday from go on. The star awakes, dons his cos9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 tume, and what follows is a hilarious p.m. For more information, visit comedy of confusion when the two www.oldstatehouse.com. Othellos are confused by swooning females. Tickets are $30, Sunday evening n On Saturday, March 27, bring the through Thursday; $32 on Friday and whole family to the Clinton PresiSaturday; and $28 for matinees and dential Center for the 5th Annual preview performances. Price includes Easter Family Festival and Egg Hunt dinner, show and tax. Dinner begins at featuring free games, activities 6 p.m. with the curtain at 7:45 p.m. and prizes. Activities also include on Tuesday through Saturday evepictures with the Easter Bunny, a nings. Dinner begins at 11 a.m. with petting zoo, toy giveaways and a 12:45 p.m. curtain for matinees and Arkansas’s largest egg hunt. Events special Wednesday shows. On Sunday will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. evenings, dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presiwith a 6:45 p.m. curtain. Murry’s is dential Park. In the event of rain, located at 6323 Colonel Glenn Rd. the Easter Family Festival will take Brooks Blevins, author of Arkansas/ and is a non-smoking facility. Call place Sunday, March 28, from 1-4 Arkansaw, will curate the Old State 501-562-3131 for reservations. Visit p.m. For more information, call House Museum’s new exhibit opening www.murrysdinnerplayhouse.com for April 2. 501-374-4242. more information.

Ave. Cajun Boilers specializes Arts And Music… in boiled seafood and kicked-up Other places of interest in Hot Springs are the Cajun cuisine. The restaurant is American Art Gallery, located at 724 Central located at 2806 Albert Pike Rd. Avenue, and Maxine’s, which has reasserted itself Also located on Albert Pike, is as THE place to go for live music in downtown Don Juan’s authentic Mexican Hot Springs. Located at 700 Central Avenue, restaurant. Excellent service, visit www.maxinespub.com or call 501-321delightful food and tasty margaritas 0909 for a complete line-up of acts. are sure to bring you back time Make sure to stop by Denton’s Trotline in Benton Pick your favorite horse at the Arkansas and time again. It’s open daily for a bite to eat or to catch a local show. On Derby on April 10 at Oaklawn Racing & from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is any given night, there’s always a great band Gaming. located at 1311 Albert Pike Rd. playing. Mr. Lucky plays on Thursday, April 1. If you want barbecue in Hot Springs, there is only one name to Little Rock’s favorite band The Gettys perform on Friday, April 2. remember: McClard’s. Family owned and operated for over 75 Denton’s Trotline hosts Tragikly White on Friday, April 16. Ben years, the folks at McClard’s have ribs, pork and beef down to Coulter plays on Thursday, April 29. Big John Miller returns on an art. Everything on the menu is made from scratch. McClard’s Friday, April 30. Become a friend of Denton’s Trotline on Facebook is located at 505 Albert Pike Rd. for more information. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES


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n Doe’s Eat Place sustained what owner George Eldridge estimates will end up being $25,000 to $50,000 damage after a kitchen grease fire last Friday night. Insurance will cover the damage. On Monday, Eldridge said he hoped to be open again within a week, two at the latest. n Crush Wine Bar is open in its new location in the Argenta district of downtown North Little Rock. The bar’s hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 374-9463 and the address is 318 Main Street. n Cupcakes on Kavanaugh is branching out. The bakery, which specializes in cupcakes and small cakes, plans to open a second location in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, next to Belk, in June or July. Both locations’ offerings should soon expand to include cupcake truffles.

Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

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BEEF O’BRADY’S FAMILY SPORTS PUB The signature item is the wings, with a variety of sauces, plus burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, salads and fish dishes. 115 Audubon Drive, Maumelle. Full bar. CC $$ 803-3500 LD daily. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles — 30 flat screen TVs, boneless wings, whiskey on tap. Plus, the usual burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham St. $$ CC Full bar 324-2449 LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with maybe the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 224-9500 L Mon.-Fri. BOSCOS This River Market microbrewery does food well, too. Along with tried and true things like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 907-1881 LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast but wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham CC $$ Alcohol 554-0914 B Wed-Fri Brunch Sat-Sun. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheese-

■ dining Dog days Fine footlongs at Perciful’s. n This reviewer likes places that do one thing well instead of 20 things mediocre. Our favorite catfish place in the known universe is Georgetown One-Stop, near the White River in White County. Fried catfish is all they do, and they do it spectacularly — firm, buttery, flavorful catfish that’s never seen the inside of a freezer. Our current favorite cheeseburger is to be found at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Little Rock. Other than an afterthought hot dog or two, burgers are all they do at Five Guys, and they do burgers amazingly well. (Sorry Cotham’s, Buffalo Grill, Sports Page, etc. You’ll always have a place in my heart.) some like it hot: The South of the Border dog. That’s why I have come fact that you can get either a skinny wiener to really love Perciful’s Famous Hot Dogs in or a fat Polish sausage). At the top of the East End. They’ve got stuff like nachos and list is Perciful’s Classic ($4.99 regular, Frito pie, but all they really do is chili dogs: $6.99 Polish), which comes with only slaw polish dogs, cheese dogs and their Perciful’s and chili. Down the row are the Cheese Classic, all slathered in homemade (beanRoyal ($5.49 regular, $7.49 Polish), which less) chili, homemade slaw, onions, cheese, features slaw, chili, and — crucial in our and jalapenos if you like the heat. As with way of thinking — American cheese; the other joints that do only one thing, that focus South of the Border ($5.99 regular, $7.99 pays off. By my way of thinking, these are Polish), with nacho cheese sauce and jalathe chili dogs of chilidogness, and it just penos; and the Naked ($2.49 regular, $4.99 doesn’t get much better. Polish), which is, well, just meat and a bun. If the name sounds familiar, it should, if You can also add onions or jalapenos for you’ve been around Little Rock for awhile. 49 cents to any dog, kraut for 69 cents, or The original Perciful’s Hot Dogs opened extra chili and slaw for 89 cents. on Roosevelt Road in the 1940s. The new This reviewer has sampled the Polish place is surely shorter on character, but still Classic and the Cheese Royal, and they’re up to snuff on flavor. both lovely. While we generally prefer Though the website lists its address as some legumes in our chili, this is really Little Rock, it’s actually quite a jaunt out great bean-free chili: spicy, rich, meaty, to Perciful’s, especially if you take Arch and full of enough goodies to stain your Street. Keep an eye out for the sign. It’s napkin day-glo orange when you wipe easy to miss — look for the strip mall your mouth. As for the slaw, I originally right across the street from the old Harvest wasn’t sold on its finely minced texture Foods. and subtle flavor, but it’s growing on me. There are four ways to get a foot-long Slaw on a chilidog is a blessing and a curse, at Perciful’s (eight, really, if you count the brian chilson

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burger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. Spacious deck and lots of parking in the back. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 296-9535 LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 224-0012 LD daily. BURGE’S TURKEYS AND HAMS Famous for its smoked turkey and hams, but also a source for good fried catfish and homemade fried pies. 5620 R St. No alcohol. CC $$ 666-1660 LD Mon.-Sat. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 868-7600 LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS Both locations offer good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch, and fish

specials and good steaks in the evening. The Heights location is intimate and the wine list is emphasized. The Maumelle location is spacious inside and on the porch. 2010 N. Van Buren, 663-5937; 1901 Club Manor, Maumelle, 851-6200. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ LD Mon.-Sat. COAST CAFE A variety of salads, smoothies, sandwiches and pizzas, and there’s breakfast and coffee, too. 400 President Clinton Ave. (in the River Market). No alcohol. CC $-$$ 371-0164 BL Mon.-Sat. COTHAM’S IN THE CITY A Capitol neighborhood version of the famous Scott country store, with the same specialties — giant hubcap hamburgers, well-fried plate lunches and monumental desserts. 1401 W. 3rd St. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 370-9177 L Mon.-Fri. DOWNTOWN DELI A locally owned eatery, with bigger

especially if it’s too sweet, and Perciful’s seems to know that. I know this review will likely set off a whole new skirmish in the war over who has the best chilidog in Little Rock, but listen, Perciful’s makes a dang fine footlong — maybe the best around. If you’re a fan, take a ride out to East End and give it a shot at your own personal crown. I think you won’t be sorry.

Perciful’s Famous Hot Dogs 20400 Arch St. 261-1364 Quick bite

For dessert, Perciful’s features some dynamite scratch-built cobblers and pies. We had the blackberry cobbler, and — while we should have had them heat it — it was a sweet, perfect knockout.

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sandwiches and lower prices than most downtown chain competitors. Also huge, loaded baked potatoes, soups and salads. 323 Center St. No alcohol. CC $ 372-3696 BL Mon.-Fri. FERNEAU Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. 2601 Kavanaugh. Full bar. CC $$$ 603-9208 D Tue.-Sat. FLYING SAUCER Beer, with dozens on tap, is the big draw at this popular River Market venue, but the food’s good, too. Sandwiches, including a great Reuben, salads, quesadillas and the bratwurst are dependable. 323 President Clinton Ave. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 372-7468 LD Mon.-Sat. FRONTIER GRILL The well-attended all-you-can-eat buffet includes American, Mexican and Chinese food. 2924

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■ update ASHLEY’S Sunday brunch at the Capital Hotel’s restaurant may be the best bargain luxury in Little Rock. For just under $30, you get a three-course meal (four, really, counting some go-befores such as piping hot calas — delectable fried rice balls dusted with powdered sugar — and a thimbleful of creme fraiche and bits of fresh fruit) plus coffee and a huge goblet of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Little Rock’s finest kitchen work is presented by sure-handed servers in an elegant, light-flooded room. You can go breakfast — think textbook eggs Benedict with silky hollandaise — or lunch — think spicy seafood gumbo or catfish meuniere on a bed of diced sweet potato. Or blend the two, New Orleans-style, with fork-tender pork grillades in a voluptuous sauce on creamy local grits. Sensible portions of creative cooking served at a leisurely pace make for high culinary art and a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Spinach salad with pear and slices of artisanal cheese toast was a great opener for our grillades. But we badly wanted to fork up some fried green tomatoes with pepper jelly from a neighbor’s plate. Desserts were spectacular, from individual bread pudding to caramel cake with house-made butter pecan ice cream to a maturely, rather than cloyingly sweet plate of chocolate profiteroles. (In the last case, forget what we said about sensible portions. This was a biggie.) Capital Hotel. Full bar. CC. $$$. 374-7474 BLD Mon.-Sat. B Sun. University Ave. No alcohol. CC $ 568-7776 LD daily. GRAMPA’S CATFISH HOUSE Delicious fried fish, hush puppies and sides. 100 Shadow Oaks, NLR, 834-5400; 9219 Stagecoach Road, 407-0000. Beer. CC $-$$ LD daily. HEAVENLY HAM Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwiches. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 225-2136 LD Mon.-Sat (until 6 p.m.).

HONEYBAKED HAM CO. The trademark ham is available by the sandwich, as is great smoked turkey. There are also lots of inexpensive side items and desserts. 9112 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 227-5555 LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOUSE Delicious, gourmet burgers and sandwiches at the former location of Sufficient Grounds in Hillcrest. Cheap beer and good coffee, too, in a quiet, relaxed setting. 722 N. Palm. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 663-4500 LD daily. KIERRE’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN Excellent home-cooking joint for huge helpings of meat loaf and chicken-fried steak, cooked-down vegetables and wonderful homemade pies and cakes. 6 Collins Industrial Place, NLR. No alcohol. CC $ 758-0903 BLD Tue.-Fri. BL Sat. KRAZY MIKE’S SHRIMP AND WINGS Home-style cookin’ and fried fare in Bowman Curve shopping center. 907-6453, 200 N. Bowman, Suite 9. Beer and wine CC $$ LD daily. LUBY’S CAFETERIA Generous portions of home-style food and a wider variety of meats and vegetables than most cafeterias. 12501 W. Markham St., 219-1567. No alcohol. CC $-$$ LD daily. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar. CC $$ 224-2010 LD Mon.-Sat. OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO. CAFE The popular take-out bakery has an eat-in restaurant and friendly operators. It’s self-service, simple and good — 11 types of sandwiches built with a changing lineup of the bakery’s 40 different breads, along with soups, salads and cookies. Rock Creek Square, Markham and Bowman. CC $ 228-4677 BL Mon.-Sat. OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice (all you can eat on Mondays), peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Decent po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 666-7100 LD Mon.-Sat. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 221-1620 D daily. SCALLION’S Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch and dinner spot. 5110 Kavanaugh. Full bar. CC $-$$ 666-6468 L Mon.-Sat. D Wed.-Sat. THE SPEAKEASY The supper club serves a multinational menu of pot roast, scampi, Greek salads, cheese sandwiches and more and diners are entertained by jazz on Thursday nights and floor shows on the weekends. LD

Mon.-Fri., D Sat., B Sun. 374-2008. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer and wine. CC $ 372-9316. BL Mon.-Fri., open Fri. nights for music and night food service. STICKY FINGERZ ROCK ’N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar. CC $-$$ 372-7707 LD Mon.-Sat. THE HOP DINER The downtown incarnation of the old dairy bar, with excellent burgers, onion rings, shakes and breakfast. Plus, daily specials, homemade pie and quiche. 201 E. Markham No alcohol. $-$$ 244-0975 BLD Mon.-Fri., LD Sat. (close at 6 p.m.). TOWN PUMP Great burgers, good chili dogs, a monstersized platter of chili cheese fries. And cold beer, of course. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road Beer and wine (liquor license pending) CC $ 663-9802 LD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd., NLR. Wine and beer. CC $$-$$$ 758-4299 L Tue.-Sat. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar. CC $ 224-7665 LD Mon.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Now in more spacious quarters, but still offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill. Tower Building, Fourth and Center. No alcohol. CC $ 372-1811 BL Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 664-6444 LD Mon.-Sat.

ASIAN CHINESE PAVILION HUNAN RESTAURANT A longtime favorite in Chinese restaurant polls, it’s one of the earliest Asian eateries on the north shore. 8000 Hwy. 107, Sherwood. Beer and wine. CC $$ 835-8723 LD Tue.-Sun. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar. CC $$ 225-8989 LD daily. HANAROO SUSHI BAR Under its second owner, it’s one of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare with a bit of Korean mixed in. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer and wine. CC $$ 301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. LILLY’S DIM SUM THEN SOME Delectable Asian comfort food — fried or steamed dumplings and more in a variety of presentations. Thai ginger noodles, Thai panang and pad Thai are just a few of the highlights. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 716-2700 LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars with a fabulous lunch special. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 227-6498 LD daily. ROYAL BUFFET A big buffet of Chinese fare, with other Asian tastes as well. 109 E. Pershing Blvd., NLR. Beer and wine. CC $ 753-8885 LD daily. SAIGON CUISINE Traditional Vietnamese with Thai and Chinese selections. Be sure to try the authentic pho soups and spring rolls. 6805 Cantrell Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 663-4000 L Tue.-Fri, D Tue.-Sun.

BARBECUE BARE BONES PIT BAR-B-Q A carefully controlled gas oven, with wood chips added for flavor, guarantees moist and sweet pork — both pulled from the shoulder and back ribs. The side orders, particularly the baked potato salad, are excellent. 5501 Ranch Drive, Suite 4. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 868-7427 LD daily. BIRD DOG BARBECUE Situated way out Batesville Pike in Sherwood, Bird Dog Barbecue offers a homey atmosphere, diner-style grub and some of the best sauce around — not to mention a menu stocked with homemade burgers, appetizers, sandwiches and ‘cue. Go for the barbecue, stay for the small-community people watching. 17416 Batesville Pike, Sherwood. Full bar. CC $$ 833-3133 LD Tue.-Sat. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark community strip-center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety; it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol. CC $ 888-4998; 10208 I-30 568-3252 LD Tue.-Sun. PIG AND CHIK Well-smoked meat with a thick, sweet sauce, plus nachos, huge burgers, country vegetables and lots of other stuff. 7824 Highway 107, NLR. Beer and wine. CC $$ 834-5456 LD Mon.-Sat. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustardbrown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. Multiple locations: 2415 Broadway, 372-6868; 1307 John Barrow Road, 224-2057; 7601 Geyer Springs, 562-8844. Beer. CC $-$$ LD Mon.-Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 2516 Cantrell Road, 664-5025. 5107 Warden Road, NLR, 753-9227. Beer and wine. CC LD Mon.-Sat.

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just about any sort of Middle Eastern fare you might want, along with what might be the best kefte kebab in Central Arkansas. Halal butcher on duty. 3400 South University. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 379-8011 LD daily. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though tapas also are available. Many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until 2 a.m. nightly. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar. CC $$$ 603-0238 D Mon.-Sat. MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE Gyros, falafel and souvlaki plates, as well as hummus, tabbouleh, eggplant dip and other dishes — wonderful food at wonderful prices. Halal dishes available, too. The River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 372-1662 L Mon.-Sat. UNDERGROUND PUB Hearty, tasty British pub-style fare, including exceptional custom-made sausages, crunchy fish and chips, and a decent Reuben. Inviting bar with an impressive draft beer and single-malt whiskey selection. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar. CC $-$$ 707-2537 LD Mon.-Sat. YA YA’S EUROBISTRO The first eatery to open in the new Promenade at Chenal is a date-night affair, retranslating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, CC, $$-$$$ 821-1144 LD daily.

ITALIAN BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY This more-than-half-centuryold establishment balances continuity and innovation with delicious traditional and original fare. The pizza remains outstanding. Service is impeccable. 315 N. Bowman Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 224-4700 D Mon.-Sat. CARINO’S COUNTRY ITALIAN A homey chain joint offering irresistible Italian bread and affordable, tasty, substantial lunches and dinners. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road, 225-3434; 4221 Warden Road, NLR, 758-8226. Full bar. CC $$ LD daily. D’CARLO PIZZERIA RISTORANTE Solid Italian standards and a few daring originals are served in a pleasant atmosphere by even more pleasant people. 12325 Stagecoach Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 407-0400 LD Mon.-Sat. IRIANA’S Unbelievably generous thick-crust pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St., first level. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 374-3656 LD Mon.-Sat. PIERRE’S GOURMET PIZZA Holds its own with the good independent pizza joints in the area, and most feature meat, meat and more meat. Salads, calzones and subs, too. 4905 JFK Blvd., NLR. No alcohol. CC $-$$ 907-1929 LD Mon.-Sat. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer and wine. CC $$ 664-6133 LD daily. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Multiple locations: 4001 McCain Park, NLR, 753-2900; 3324 Pike Ave., NLR, 758-5997; 650 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, 851-0880; 8403 Highway 107, Sherwood, 835-5673; 9300 N. Rodney Parham, 224-6300; 2710 Kavanaugh, 663-2198, and 5524 Kavanaugh. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 664-7071 LD daily. VINO’S Great rock ’n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. Seventh St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 375-8466 LD daily.

MEXICAN BROWNING’S They’re still serving up old-style Tex-Mex and nostalgia at one of Little Rock’s oldest restaurants. Consistency counts for something. If the Mexican isn’t to your taste, they have American dishes too, including steaks. Catering specialties from the old Cordell’s deli can be ordered here. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar CC $-$$ 663-9956 BLD Mon.-Sat. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 954-7100 LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all served in a festive atmosphere. Our picks: The taco salad, nachos and maybe the best fajitas around. $2.50 Margaritas on Wednesday and Thursday. Multiple locations throughout Central Arkansas. 3024 Cantrell Road, 661-0600. Full bar. CC $-$$ LD daily. LA PALAPA Seafood is the focus at this Mexican restaurant, but the overly huge menu contains includes land-based items such as a great chile verde. Pan-fried fish topped with cheese and tomato-based sauce is a nightly special. 18321 Hwy. 10. Full bar. CC $$ 868-8822 BLD daily. LAS PALMAS “Authentic” Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. Otter Creek Shopping Center, 455-8500, and 4154 McCain Blvd., NLR, 945-8010. Full bar. CC $-$$ LD daily. ON THE BORDER Great Tex-Mex food, with guacamole made to order and a menu that offers some specialty chicken, shrimp and fish dishes. The salsa is so good they sell it separately. The Mercedes margarita is the best we ever had; most expensive, too. 11721 Chenal Parkway. Full bar. CC $$ 217-9275 LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking: Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans


get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. CC $-$$ 219-2373 LD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina with everything from freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer. $ CC 562-3951 LD Thu.-Tue.

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HOLLY’S COUNTRY KITCHEN Readers have highly recommended Holly’s in the home-cooking category, and $5.25 gets you a plate full of home-style food akin to Little Rock’s famed Homer’s and Kitchen Express. 120 Harkrider St., 328-9738. No alcohol. CC $-$$ L Mon.-Fri. MIKE’S PLACE Delicious New Orleans-inspired steaks and seafood, plus wood-fired pizzas, served in a soaring, beautifully restored building in downtown Conway. Membership required. 808 Front St. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 501-269-6453 LD daily. PIA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Casual Italian done well at moderate prices. Good selection of pastas and sauces, along with sandwiches and salads. Desserts vary daily. 915 Front Street, Conway. Beer and wine. CC. $$ 501-5139944 LD Mon-Sat. STROMBOLI’S Italian classics at this mom and pop, where as the name suggests, strombolis are a specialty. Save room for a cannoli or a cup of gelato, too. 2665 N. Donaghey Ave. No. 101. No alcohol. CC $$ 501-327-3701 LD daily.

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FAYETTEVILLE AREA AQ CHICKEN Great chicken — pan-fried, grilled and rotisserie — at great prices. N. College St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 479-443-7555 LD daily. ARSAGA’S ESPRESSO CAFE A top-notch little coffeehouse with plenty of pleasing brews and a variety of baked goods. 2418 N. Gregg Ave, 479-444-6557. 401 West Mountain, 479-521-1993. 1852 Crossover, 479-5270690. 3215 N. North Hills Blvd., 479-443-5721. Law library, 479-527-0015.No alcohol. No CC $ BLD Mon.-Sat. ) COMMON GROUNDS Billing itself as a gourmet espresso bar, this Dickson Street storefront cafe also serves up some tasty dishes all day, plus a new menu of salads, sandwiches and pizzas. 412 W. Dickson St. Full bar. CC $$ 479-4423515 BLD daily. CORNER GRILL Hearty sandwiches, a tasty and inexpensive weekend brunch, friendly staff in new location away from Dickson Street. Highway 112. Full bar. CC $-$$ 479-521-8594 BLD daily. ELLA’S Fine dining in the university’s vastly reworked Inn at Carnall Hall. A favorite — it figures on the UA campus — is the razor steak. Arkansas Avenue at Maple Street. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 479-582-1400 BLD daily. HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE Filets, not ribs, are the big seller at this classic, friendly, dumpy spot. The barbecue chicken is another winner. 2901 N. College Ave. Beer and wine. No CC $$-$$$ 479-442-9671 LD Tue.-Sat. HUGO’S You’ll find a menu full of meals and munchables, some better than others at this basement European-style bistro. The Bleu Moon Burger is a popular choice. Hugo’s is always worth a visit, even if just for a drink. 25 1/2 N. Block St. Beer and wine. CC $-$$ 479-521-7585 LD Mon.-Sat. JOSE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Epicenter of the Dickson Street nightlife with its patio and Fayetteville’s No. 2 restaurant in gross sales. Basic Mexican with a wide variety of fancy margaritas. 324 W. Dickson. Full bar. CC $$ 479-521-0194 LD daily. PENGUIN ED’S BAR-B-Q Prices are magnificent and portions are generous at this barbecue spot with an interesting menu, a killer sausage sandwich, burgers, omelets and wonderful lemonade. 2773 Mission Blvd. No alcohol. No CC $-$$ 479-587-8646 BLD daily. SILK ROAD The mom-and-pop-style Thai restaurant along the cluttered U.S. Highway 71 business strip does a booming takeout business, and some of the dine-in is good, especially the vegetable pad thai. Pleasant service and a remarkable selection of imported beers (but no Thai beer, for some reason). 1200 S. Thompson, Springdale. Beer and wine. No CC $$ 479-756-6227 LD Mon.-Sat.

HOT SPRINGS ANGELS Pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens, pasta and nightly specials, cannoli and other Italian desserts. 600 Central Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 501-609-9323 LD Mon.-Sat. BELLE ARTI RISTORANTE Ambitious menu of lavish delights in a film-noir setting; excellent desserts. 719 Central Ave. Full bar. CC $$$ 501-624-7474 LD daily. FISHERMAN’S WHARF Reminiscent of a coastal seafood joint, complete with large menu and fish nets adorning the wall. Boisterous, family-style place. 5101 Central Ave. Full bar. CC $$ 501-525-7437 LD daily. J’S ITALIAN VILLA Pasta, fresh fish and beef specials. Appetizers and salads are terrific, as are the desserts. Live jazz music nightly. 4826 Central Ave. Full bar. CC $$$ 501-525-1121 D Mon.-Sat. JASON’S BURGERS AND MORE Locals love it for filets, fried shrimp, ribs, catfish, burgers and the like at good prices. 148 Amity Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 501-5250919 LD Tue.-Sat. PURITY BARBECUE Good smoked meats, very affordable, and don’t miss out on the crock of beans. 1000 Malvern Ave. Beer. No CC $-$$ 501-623-4006 LD daily.

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YaYas

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Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 S. Commerce, Suite 150 (501) 375-3500 Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm

Fresh seafood specials every week. Prime aged beef and scrumptious dishes. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, over 30 wines by the glass and largest vodka selection downtown. Regular and late night happy hour, Wednesday wine flights and Thursday is Ladies Night. Be sure to check out the Bistro Burger during lunch. Ya Ya’s is both sophisticated and whimsical. Mosaic tile floors, stone columns and fabric covered wall panels while heavy beamed ceilings, hand blown chandeliers and curvy wroughtiron railings add a whimsical flair. The menu is inspired by a combination of Italian, French, Spanish and Greek cuisines. Mediterranean Euro Delights share the menu with pizzas from our wood-burning oven, rich creative pastas and an array of the freshest of seafood dishes and innovative meat entrees. Live music resumes on the patio this spring. Join us for live, local music through the week. Don’t forget our Sunday Brunch ($16.95 & only $13.95 for the early bird special, 10 am to 11 am). Reservations are preferred. For the salad lover, Dizzy’s is an absolute paradise. Its list of eleven “Ridiculously Large Entrée Salads” runs the gamut of what you can do with greens and dressing. For example Zilpphia’s Persian Lime Salad, featuring grilled turkey breast, tomato, cucumber, onion, lime and buffalo mozzarella over romaine. For another: Mary Ann’s Dream, with grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cranberries, mandarin oranges, bourbon pecans and bleu cheese. Don’t that sound good?

Black Angus

Homemade Comfort Food Daily Specials • Monday: Spicy Shrimp Stir-fry. Tuesday: Pot Roast. Wednesday: Meatloaf. Thursday: BBQ Plate or Shepherd’s Pie. Friday & Saturday: Fried Catfish.

Ump’s Pub & Grill

Whether the Travs are at home or on the road, come enjoy the unique Dickey-Stephens Park Atmosphere at Ump’s, an upscale sports pub and restaurant, featuring sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, good times and more! Now open 7 days a week for lunch, and open all day sat. and sun during Football season. Closed on Tues & Wed nights since baseball season has ended.

Capers Restaurant

Indulge in the culinary creations and intimate environment that define Capers Restaurant. Food and wine enthusiasts agree Capers’ sophisticated approach to dining is key to it’s many accolades including receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years running.

Copper Grill & Grocery

An endless array of delicious dishes available in the Grill or grab your Gourmet-to-Go from the Grocery. Offering products by French Farm, Bella Cucina & Bittersweet Herb that promise to turn any recipe into a memorable masterpiece Copper Grill & Grocery is a wonderland for the gourmand.

West End Smokehouse and Tavern

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm. $1 off All Drinks and 1/2 Off Appetizers. Monday is Steak Night USDA Choice Aged 14oz Ribeye with 2 sides $13.99. Tuesday is Burger Night – Ultimate Burger with Fries just $4.99. Live Music Fri & Saturday!

SO

This is a first class establishment. SO has some of the best steaks and seafood in the city, including oysters from the east and west coasts. Their menu has been updated and features a fantastic selection of cheeses like port salut, stilton, murcia and pecorino. Don’t forget to check out the extensive wine list.

Butcher Shop

Tremendous steaks, excellent service, fair prices and a comfortable atmosphere make The Butcher Shop the prime choice for your evening out. In addition to tender and juicy steaks, The Butcher Shop offers fresh fish, pork chop, 24 hour slow roasted Prime Rib, char grilled marinated chicken and fresh pasta. Ideal for private parties, business meetings, and rehearsal dinners. Rooms accommodate up to 50-60 people.

Brave New Restaurant

Start your week at Brave New Restaurant with Perennial & Seasonal favorites. Mixed Grill, New York Strip and Veal with Lime are just a few of the Perennials – Seasonal includes Duck Two Ways, Crispy Onion Venison, Poached Salmon and more. Brave New Party Room: Newly Expanded and Open. Seats 15-100. Now accepting Reservations.

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chinese Fantastic China 1900 N Grant St Heights 501-663-8999

Sharing good things with good friends is the motto at Fantastic China. A Central Arkansas favorite offering the Freshest Chinese Food in town. It’s made to order with 100% Vegetable Oil. The presentation is beautiful, the menu distinctive, and the service perfect. Fantastic China is one of the heights most reliable and satisfying restaurants and a local favorite. Full bar.

mexican Casa Manana Taqueria

400 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-6637 6820 Cantrell Road • 501-280-9888 18321 Cantrell Road • 501-868-8822

Voted Best Mexican 2007. Featuring authentic fare from the Puebla region of Mexico, the selections seem endless at your choice of 3 locations in the Little Rock area. You will find an array of dishes ranging from the salient Shrimp Veracruzana at La Palapa out west to great Guacamole in the River Market Taqueria. Or try tasty Tostadas that share the name of the original Cantrell location, Casa Manana.

asian Lilly’s Dimsum Then Some

Look no further…voted Best Asian again by the Arkansas Times readers. Lilly’s serves up extraordinary dishes made from the freshest, premium local and organic ingredients. Also enjoy warm and inviting ambiance as you dine on any one of the tasty house specialties. Sundays are wine day: all wine by the bottle, half off.

Super King Buffet

One of central Arkansas’s largest Chinese buffets, we offer all your favorites with our sushi bar and Mongolian Grill included for one low price. Our dinner and all-day Sunday buffet include your lunch favorites as well as all-you-can eat crab legs, whole steamed fish, barbecue spare ribs, crispy jumbo shrimp and grilled steaks. Take-out buffet and menu available.

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Super King Buffet

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Mediterranean star of india

North Shackleford Road 501-227-9900

Authentic North Indian Cuisine at its very best! Vegetable and Non-vegetable Buffet daily with Special. Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Mention this ad for a complimentary Indian Mango Drink.

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steak Sonny Williams

If you have not been to Sonny Williams lately, get there immediately and check out the martini/wine bar. Now you can enjoy 35 wines by the glass, 335 selections of wine, 6 single barrel bourbons and all different kinds of Scotch from the many regions of Scotland. Of course, don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment by Jeff at the piano. Sonny’s is a River Market mainstay and perfect for intimate private parties; free valet parking! As always, Sonny Williams has the best steaks in town along with fresh seafood and game. No Skinny Steaks… Call ahead for reservations (501) 324-2999

Faded Rose

Featuring the Best Steaks in town with a New Orleans flair from a New Orleans native. Also featuring Seafood and Creole Specialties. As Rachel Ray says “This place is one of my best finds ever.” Back by popular demand…Soft Shell Crab and New Orleans Roast Beef Po-Boys.

500 President Clinton Avenue Suite 100 (In the River Market District) 501-324-2999 DINNER MON - SAT 5:00 - 11:00 pm PIANO BAR TUES - THU 7:00 - 11:00 pm FRI & SAT 7:00 - Late

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brew pub Vino’s Pizza•Pub•Brewery 923 West 7th Street 501/375-VINO (8466)

Beer, pizza and more! Drop in to Vino’s, Little Rock’s Original Brewpub! and enjoy great New York-style pizza (whole or by-the-slice) washed down with your choice of award-winning ales or lagers brewed right on site. Or try a huge calzone, our new Muffaletta sandwich or just a salad and a slice with our homemade root beer. The deck’s always open, you don’t have to dress up and the kids are always welcome (or not). Vino’s is open 7 days, lunch and dinner. You can call ahead for carry-out and even take a gal. growler of beer to-go. And guess what?? The bathrooms have just been re-done!


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this area and have been completely updated with incredible decorative touches and fixtures. From the main level, go downstairs to a wonderful open space that could be used any number of ways. It would be a wonderful master suite, in-law quarters or playroom/den. There is also a full bathroom with a wonderful tile shower in the space. Closets and a wet-bar are other features of this space. A French door opens to a wonderful patio and deck that overlooks the expansive backyard, which is fully fenced and is a great place for pets and children. This home must be seen to be appreciated. It is listed for $239,000 with Melissa Bond of the Charlotte John Company. For a personal tour or more information, call Melissa at 960-0665.

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Lose Tom n I see that the great Texas School Book Purge has turned its attention to Thomas Jefferson, a well-known lefty radical of some time ago. The school-textbook rewriters down there want Phyllis Schlafly and Newt Gingrich in their American history pantheon, but not Thomas Jefferson. Big surprise, eh? It sounds like they want to turn Jefferson into a non-person, one of those neverwases that were the Big Brother-Soviet specialty. In the future if his name appears in your child’s history book at all, it’ll have to be redacted, perhaps with a black Magic Marker. If a teacher wants to mention that the Declaration of Independence had an author, he or she would have to hold his or her hand over his or her mouth and say to the class that somebody named um-um um-um-um, about whom he or she is proscribed from saying more, wrote it. Presumably he or she could mentionYellow Sally; but not Marse Tom. The Louisiana Purchase might have to be recrafted as the Louisiana Gift. The animus here apparently derives from Jefferson’s advocacy of a wall of separation between church and state. He loved the idea of that wall, but contemporary Texans hate it. At least contemporary Texans hate it who think that the current Texas governor is a sane human being

Bob L ancaster who ought to continue to be allowed to run around loose. That’s a big majority of them. It’s a 2-to-1 majority of the Texas State Board of Education, and, for some reason, it’s 100 percent of Texas dentists. What is it with Texas dentists? They hate Jefferson’s wall — and Jefferson too, because you can’t hate a man’s ideas without hating him personally for having advanced those ideas — because they think the church ought to be able to use the power of the state against unbelievers and wrong believers. In the good old days the church did this all the time. It would hook up with some monarch or emperor, and together by the use of pograms, inquisitions, genocides, and the like, they’d harry the Devil until he fled to some other temporarily more tolerant jurisdiction. In most of these cases, the Devil disguised himself as a heretic, or as a slew of them. Heretics are some of the hardest-headed people in the world. You can point out to them chapter and verse

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of where they’re wrong, and explain to them exactly how to correct their thinking and get themselves right again with their Maker, and it’s just a waste of your time and breath. They’re bound and determined to believe abominable things, like healing the sick and comforting the bereaved and turning the other cheek and pretending not to understand Glenn Beck’s blackboard gibberish. You can’t rescue them from their pernicious beliefs without nearly killing them — or in fact, uh, killing them — and that’s where the power of the state comes in. Without it, they can tell you to go do to yourself what Vice President Cheney told Sen. Leahy to go do to himself, and you just have to grin and bear their impudence. But when the state tells you that you can skin them alive — really! — when they’re recalcitrant, it puts the matter in a much different light. A whole lot of that cockiness will disappear after just a few waterboardings or just a handful of thumbscrews. I gather that the Texans think the Devil has disguised himself in our country and our day and time as a liberal, or as the whole kaboodle of them. Liberals are pretty easy to identify nowadays — and they often don’t even bother to deny their diabolical views. Some even warmly espouse those views, and actually seem proud of them. They won’t tell you who thought them up — Karl Marx, or old Fred Nietzsche, who said God is dead, or the socialist New Deal

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